The department provides learning opportunities in OMM through the requisite course work and by access to supervised teaching of osteopathic principles and practice to students (TOPPS) including the Osteopathic Finish Line (OFL), osteopathic sports medicine with Drake University athletes, and osteopathic manual care with Amish community participants. Department members and student volunteers attend these events, which give students opportunities to develop their manual skills on real patients under careful, direct supervision. With the Drake athletes we stress prevention, early recognition and hands-on approaches of many common sports-related injuries.

All seven full-time professors have earned board certification. We provide expert knowledge in a broad cross section of related medical specialties including family practice, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatrics, internal medicine, and neuromuscular medicine. This adds a richness of perspective within our program that you will find nowhere else.

Collectively, our department members have years of extensive clinical experience and teaching experience in training students, interns and residents. We are engaged in training first- and second-year students in lecture and laboratory sessions. As busy clinicians, we serve as preceptors to more than a hundred third- and fourth-year students each year and instruct the residents within our OPTI program. We invite all students to shadow us in the clinic to see the practical application of the principles and skills they learn in lecture and laboratory sessions.

Katherine Heineman, D.O.
OMM department chair

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