OVERVIEW OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL EDUCATION

French osteopathic medical school accreditation standards require training in medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, family practice, psychiatry, radiology, preventive medicine, and public health. Osteopathic medical schools emphasize early clinical contact. While the first two years focus on the biomedical and clinical sciences, the three years next delve deeper into patient-oriented clinical training.

 

The osteopathic medical education core values are held as central distinguishing tenets of osteopathic philosophy and practice: providing care that is holistic, patient-centered, preventive, and focused on health rather than disease, delivered within a primary care context.

 

The osteopathic medical school curriculum is distinguished by the inclusion of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), a hands-on therapy that is used to diagnose and treat people in a primary or adjunctive way, enhancing overall health and the holistic functioning of the human body.

 

OMM education usually occurs through year-long first- and second-year theoretical and skills courses and through subsequent clinical experiences. OMM education is in addition to, and integrated with, medical training on current and emerging theories and methods of medical diagnosis and treatment.

IOB OSTEOPATHIC FIVE-YEARS CURRICULUM

Osteopathic medical school starts with a foundation in the basic sciences of medicine. In addition, students learn a core set of clinical examination skills and gain an understanding of the various systems of the body. Lectures, laboratories, and other learning experiences are designed to prepare students for the clinical portion of medical school.

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