Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences


Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine


  1. General Description
    1. Rotation Title: Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Clinical Outpatient and Hospital Rotation
      Rotation Length: Four Weeks
      Rotation Format: Clinically based OMM at OSU Health Center and OSU Medical Center
      Rotation Level:
      3rd Year Osteopathic Medical Students
      Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of OMM I-IV at OSU-CHS
      Course Coordinator: Kelley Joy, D.O. office 918.561.1131
    2. This rotation provides an opportunity to further develop knowledge of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine obtained during the first two years of Osteopathic Medical Education.  The rotation incorporates outpatient and inpatient clinical experiences to apply principles and practices.  The format is designed to use the problem-oriented approach to the patient in order to help the student understand how to incorporate OMM into the management and treatment of the ten most common musculoskeletal presentations and other common visceral presentations (asthma, COPD, ileus, nausea and vomiting, etc.) in the outpatient and hospital settings.
    3. Each student will spend approximately 3 weeks in the clinic and one week in the hospital.  During the assigned time at the hospital, the student will be required to provide one weekend of call coverage.
    4. Each week, students will be given a quiz over study topics given for that week.  At the end of the rotation, students will be given an NBOME COMAT exam to help determine readiness for board examinations.
    5. A CPX experience will be integrated into the course schedule.

student getting OMT

  1. Rotation Calendar
    1. The student's actual days and hours are set forth within the rotation calendar. The specific scheduling of days and hours shall be made by the course coordinator, and shall generally conform to the following:
      1. Rotation Period: The rotation is four weeks in length, between July 1st of one year until June 30th of the next.
      2. Date of Arrival:  (Sentence omitted)  It is the student's responsibility to report to the course coordinator on the first day of the rotation. If there is a reasonable explanation for a delay in reporting (e.g., auto accident, illness, or similar reason), the student must contact the course coordinator immediately.
      3. Work Day: A typical day is considered to be 9 hours in length (8:00am-5:00pm); however, there may be an occasional instance when the working period may exceed 9 hours.
      4. Weekends: Weekends are assigned on a rotating basis throughout the month.
      5. Holidays: Students will receive time off in accordance with OSU-COM policy.
      6. Travel Time: See Clerkship Handbook.
  2. Course Objectives
    1. Apply appropriate Osteopathic Principles and Practice for the diagnosis and treatment in the outpatient and hospital setting.
    2. Demonstrate competency in the following OMM guidelines for the outpatient and hospital patient presentation (including, but not limited to):
      1. Ankle and/or Foot Pain
      2. Knee and Leg Pain
      3. Hip, Groin and ITB Pain
      4. Low Back Pain
      5. Shoulder and Arm Pain
      6. Elbow, Wrist and Hand Pain
      7. Neck, Upper Back and Thoracic Outlet Pain
      8. Midthoracic, Rib and Intercostal Pain
      9. Headache
      10. ICU, Critically Ill or Bedfast
      11. Ventilator Extubation Assistance
      12. Ileus, nausea and vomiting
      13. Non-Cardiac Chest Pain
      14. COPD and Lower Respiratory Patient
    3. Demonstrate competency in performing a complete osteopathic structural examination in both the outpatient and hospital setting.
    4. Exhibit interpersonal skills with patients and their families that facilitates the communication process between physicians and patients:
      1. Active listening
      2. Empathy and sensitivity
      3. Appropriate eye contact
      4. Proper closure of interaction
      5. Attentiveness and concern
      6. Proper greetings and introductions
      7. Confidence in her/himself
      8. Respect and support
    5. Utilize appropriate medical records documentation strategies using the SOAP format.
    6. Demonstrate an awareness of medical, legal and ethical issues and the ability to respond appropriately to these issues.
    7. Gain general knowledge and skills in communicating effectively with patients and in presenting patients, both verbally and in writing.
    8. It is very important that the student develop and practice respectful attitudes toward fellow students, attending physicians and especially patients. Toward this end, the student should demonstrate:
      1. Self-assurance and security, tempered with openness and honesty regarding areas where the student is lacking knowledge and skills.
      2. Willingness to share knowledge and to learn from all other health care professionals.
      3. Willingness to educate patients to assume responsibility for their own health care.
      4. Willingness to seek out and hear constructive criticism and to become skilled at self-evaluation.
      5. Willingness to maintain and demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
      6. Willingness to maintain high ethical standards.
      7. Willingness to accept responsibility for patient care appropriate to his or her level of knowledge and skills.
      8. Willingness to provide feedback to teachers and trainers in order to improve the educational process.
      9. Pride in the Osteopathic profession.
    9. Contribute to patient care, recommending modification of the original plan when necessary and recording the patient's progress utilizing SOAP format.
    10. Because of the unique nature of this rotation, one hundred percent (100%) attendance is required. Students will not be permitted to take vacation or time off during the rotation except as required by college policy (eg. board examination, etc.)
    11. Students are required to attend all scheduled meetings.
  3. Student Responsibilities
    1. The student will be responsible for completing the following activities during the rotation.
      1. Bringing stethoscope and blood pressure cuff daily.
      2. Meet with supervising physician at all assigned times.
      3. Be prepared to discuss their clinical strengths and weaknesses relative to the rotation objectives.
      4. Complete all outlined rotation objectives as previously listed.
      5. Meet with the supervising physician for an evaluation/feedback conference at the end of the rotation.
    2. Dress Code
      1. Students are expected to wear their identification badge at all times.
      2. Unless specified differently by the supervising physician, the student will wear a cleaned and pressed white clinical jacket at all times.
      3. Students are expected to dress appropriately.
      4. Scrubs may be worn to the hospital. Otherwise, men are expected to wear a dress shirt and dress trousers.  Women may wear either slacks or a dress.
  4. Student Evaluation
    1. 100% attendance is required at all didactic sessions.
    2. Written Examinations. Students will be given short examinations each week over various topics that will be assigned each week.
    3. PowerPoint Presentation.  In the 3rd week of the rotation, each student will be required to give a 20-minute presentation a topic and how it relates to OMM.  Topics will be chosen from the student’s interests and approved by the course coordinator. The presentations will be graded based on content, length, and familiarity with the topic.
    4. Grade Percentages:
      1.  5% Attendance                                           1.  5% Attendance
      2.  5% Teaching Participation                       2.  10% PowerPoint Presentation
      3.  10% Power Point Presentation             3.  20% Hospital Evaluation
      4.  20% Hospital Evaluation                           4.  30% Written Exams
      5.  25% Written Exams                                   5.  35% Clinical Evaluation
      6.  35% Clerkship Evaluation                        (months when teaching not performed)
    5. A grade of less than 70% will result in failure of the rotation.
  5. Suggested Readings –each student will be given a binder of articles as required reading for this rotation in addition to the following:
    1. Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Guidelines for the Hospitalized Patient, by Kenneth E. Graham, DO, 3rd edition
    2. Osteopathic Clinical Evaluation and Treatment of the Ten Most Common Musculoskeletal Presentations, Kenneth E. Graham, DO, 1 st Edition 2001
    3. Supporting Texts
      1. Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, Robert C. Ward D.O., editor, 2nd Edition, 2002
      2. Osteopathic Principles in Practice, Michael L. Kuchera D.O. and William A. Kuchera, D.O. 2nd Edition, 1991
      3. Osteopathic Considerations in Systemic Dysfunction, Michael L. Kuchera D.O. and William A. Kuchera, D.O., 2nd Edition, 1994

This syllabus may be amended at any time at the discretion of the course coordinator without notice.




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