The osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) department has a long history of excellence. The curriculum has consistently prepared our graduates to seamlessly integrate osteopathic principles into their practices, which span the entire spectrum of specialties. The curriculum has proven to be so effective in teaching the non-linear skills of manual diagnosis and treatment that it has been used as a model by a number of other schools in the profession.
The University has dedicated the necessary resources to attract and retain some of the very best clinicians to teach OMM and has built a laboratory facility that provides an optimal learning environment. Although technology is a useful adjunct to teaching necessary motor skills and manual medical procedures, it is no substitute for hands-on instruction. The most visible teaching aids in our laboratory are the clinicians and teaching fellows who provide small-group, personalized attention to each student.
The department provides learning opportunities in OMM through elective course work and by access to supervised patient care in the Osteopathic Finish Line (OFL) and Drake Clinic programs. Department members and student volunteers attend these events, which give students opportunities to develop their manual skills on real patients under careful, direct supervision. At the Drake Clinic in particular, we stress prevention, early recognition and treatment of many common sports-related injuries.
All five 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 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.