The Department of Osteopathic Family & Community Medicine includes faculty board certified in Family Medicine & Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. Faculty are involved in medical student training including the integration of osteopathic principles, theory and practice throughout the four years of medical school. Through weekly lecture and lab sessions, pre-clinical students develop physical examination and psychomotor skills for the practice of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) in addition to skills in differential diagnosis, case presentation, EKG interpretation, SOAP note and prescription writing, evidence-based medicine, biostatistics, and community health practices. All systems of the body are discussed using a case-based format across the age span, carefully integrating the art of medicine and osteopathic principles with the concepts of medical diagnosis and treatment of common disease entities.
Prior to clinical rotations, all students participate in department-led procedural workshops, including dermatologic procedures and point of care ultrasound. During their third year, students are required to complete two core clinical clerkship rotations in Family Medicine. Third year rotations consist of office-based and residency-based rotation sites. Many students have the opportunity to work with department faculty in the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic on campus during one of these rotations. Third and fourth year students continue to receive ongoing education in osteopathic principles and practices through didactic lectures and labs delivered by department faculty.
The department offers an OMM Student Scholarship Program. This program offers an opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge of OMM, participate in teaching in the department, and develop clinical research and leadership skills. Scholars complete their clinical education experience over three calendar years instead of two, which includes patient care experiences integrating osteopathic principles and treatment in a longitudinal clerkship. The OMM Scholar holds specific responsibilities within the department in addition to regular academic requirements. During the scholarship period, the OMM Scholar becomes a vital part of the department. Included are unique experiential courses in Osteopathic Teaching & Leadership, and Research. Community service and quality improvement are incorporated into coursework. The department also supports an Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (NMM) Residency program with a weekly didactic and hands-on training session, as well as osteopathic patient care in the campus clinic and an in-patient neuromusculoskeletal medicine consult service.