SOMSA Onsite Information

Military Attendance

The Special Operations Medicine Scientific Assembly (SOMSA) is an independently SOMA-hosted event. By registering for annual training at SOMSA as a Military Medic or Current DoD Employee, you will receive continuing education credits (up to 29.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for Physicians, application has also been made through CAPCE for non-physician credits), primary access to presentations, lectures, and SOMSA events while being granted free access to the SOMSA Exhibition Hall.

Military and DoD personnel must follow the policy for attending a Non-DoD-Hosted event and are encouraged to keep individual costs below $3,000. (IAW DoD Conference Guidelines, Version 4.0 dated 26 June 16, "For conferences estimated to cost less than $3,000 per attendee and less than $600 per day per civilian employee or military member, and for no-cost conferences, approval authority is delegated to supervisors with normal TDY/TAD approval authority, consistent with organizational guidelines.") Individuals and units are encouraged to initiate internal command-directed approval procedures as early as possible to ensure attendees are eligible.

SOMA remains committed to improving the survival and reducing the suffering of those that serve in harm's way through the continuous advancement of SOF medicine and will continue to pursue options that will allow as many military and DOD personnel to attend SOMSA as possible.



Download the Scientific Assembly App through Guidebook!

The official Assembly app will be available approximately one week prior to the start of the Assembly.  It will contain the full program and lab schedules, with room locations, maps of the venue, information about exhibitors, the ability to create a personalized schedule, program updates and much more. 

The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. 
To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:
  1. Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace OR
  2. Once you have installed the "Guidebook" application onto your iPhone or Android:
Search 2022 SOMA Scientific Assembly
Selecting 2022 SOMSA Scientific Assembly will download the guide to your phone or tablet.
If you have a Blackberry or other web-enabled device:  
  • Open up a browser and navigate to
  • Click "Future" and navigate to 2022 SOMSA Scientific Assembly (The guides are sorted by start date.)
  • Select 2022 SOMA Scientific Assembly and it will open up the guide.



There are also several restaurants within walking distance of the Convention Center.   Click here for restaurants near the convention center.


Raleigh Convention Center provides open-access, guest wi-fi services.


Raleigh's average high temperature in May ranges from the low-70's to mid-80's.


Appropriate dress for the Scientific Assembly is business casual for civilians and uniform of the day for military personnel.

ACU's and Duty Uniforms may be worn during the entire SOMSA. We ask that military presenters wear class A uniforms. Civilians should wear business professional attire. 

Jeans, t-shirts or athletic attire are not permitted in the Assembly venue.


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