Medical Education  |   December 2015
Implementation of a Resident-Led Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Clinic in an Allopathic Residency
Author Notes
  • From the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas (Dr Busey); Baumholder Health Clinic in Germany (Dr Newsome); and Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington (Drs Raymond and O’Mara). Drs Busey, Newsome, and Raymond were residents at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at the time of the study. 
  • This article was presented in poster format at the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians European Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, in July 2014. 
  • Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the US Government. 
  •  *Address correspondence to CPT Jelaun Newsome, DO, Department of Primary Care, Baumholder Army Health Clinic, Unit 23809 Box 52, APO AE 09034-3809. E-mail: jelaun.k.newsome.mil@mail.mil
     
Article Information
Medical Education / Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment / Graduate Medical Education
Medical Education   |   December 2015
Implementation of a Resident-Led Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Clinic in an Allopathic Residency
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2015, Vol. 115, 732-737. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.149
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2015, Vol. 115, 732-737. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.149
Abstract

Context: With the growing number of osteopathic physicians practicing in the United States and the creation of a single graduate medical education system, a continued need exists for focused education in osteopathic principles, philosophy, and treatment modalities in primarily allopathic residency programs.

Objective: To create and integrate a resident-led osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) clinic in an allopathic residency program.

Methods: After an informal needs assessment on the basis of resident survey data, a resident-led OMT clinic was created within a military allopathic family medicine residency program. A standard operating procedure, resident survey, and scheduling system were created by the residents for approval by the departmental and hospital leadership. Resident survey data pertaining to the time available to perform OMT, education, and faculty supervision of OMT were obtained before the clinic implementation and 1 year after implementation.

Results: Nine osteopathic residents were surveyed before the OMT clinic implementation to illustrate a need for continued osteopathic medical education, faculty support, and skill maintenance. Sixteen osteopathic residents were surveyed after the OMT clinic implementation. More residents indicated that the establishment of an osteopathic curriculum was important (3 of 9 in the preclinic survey vs 9 of 16 in the postclinic survey) and that the program promoted the use of OMT (0 of 9 in the preclinic survey vs 13 of 16 in the postclinic survey).

Conclusion: A resident-led OMT clinic can be successfully implemented, maintained, and expanded in an allopathic residency program by implementing an OMT curriculum, offering elective rotations, and encouraging regular use of OMT. The current project can be used as a framework for implementing an OMT clinic.

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