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Osteopathic Med Students unite!

December 25, 2006

Forwarded from PaintingColorblind:

Dear UAAO Leaders,

Through the emails in the last month, we’ve had some great connections. We came to an Osteopathic medical school (as we assume many of you did) because we wanted to learn as much about medicine as the MD’s learn and MORE. We want to think and act like an osteopathic physician: approaching disease by considering the anatomy and how we could possibly alter the anatomy so as to allow the body to heal the disease. Instead, our education consists of learning disease just like MD students and it leaves us feeling hopeless and hollow. We are stuck learning 500 subtypes of cancer and being given the impression that the only way to help patients is to poison them with drugs or excise parts of them and hope for the best. In OMT we’ve learned how to palpate and correct somatic dysfunction, but what good does it do if we don’t know when or how to use OMT in relation to disease? As future DO’s we owe it to our future patients to learn about disease both allopathically and osteopathically so we can provide choices. As Osteopathic medical students we deserve to learn how to first of all think osteopathically, which begins in the classroom and secondly this should be reinforced during our clinical experiences.

So how do we make this happen? How can we unify and share some of the dialogue we’ve started here? Our first step is to show our professional organizations that we desire more integration in our education.

Attached to this email are two important documents:

1) A mission statement, which helps solidify our cause. See below Over 40 students have already signed from 7 different colleges, saying “I’m an osteopathic medical student, and my education is important to me!” Will you join in signing?

2) A revised version of the survey implemented at AZCOM. It provides a fast, efficient, and comprehensive evaluation of your college’s student perception, which will be compared to data nationwide. Can your chapter help distribute the survey?

UAAO Combined Position Statement


To evaluate the incorporation of Osteopathic Principles and Practice across nationwide curricula. This evaluation is meant to assess incorporation in:
1) Basic curricular integration (OMSI-OMSII)
2) Preclinical preceptors and clinical experiences (OMSI-OMSII)
3) Practice in rotations (OMSIII-OMSIV)


1) Assess Osteopathic medical students to gauge their perception of the level of integration
2) Survey faculty and staff at Osteopathic Medical Colleges in their understanding of Osteopathic Principles and Practice and their integration of them in their curricula

1) At the national level, illustrate the degree to which Osteopathic Principles and Practice are being integrated or not integrated into Osteopathic medical curricula.
2) Share the resulting data with the appropriate Osteopathic professional organizations with intent for publication.
3) Propose solutions for greater incorporation of Osteopathic Principles and Practice

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jonathan permalink
    December 26, 2006 6:10 am

    YAY!!! Thanks for posting this! Are you in town? Give me a call if you are and we can ppppppppppppppppppaaaaaaaaaarty!

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