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  1. turtleboard

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    Why do you KCOM boys and girls call OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy) OTM? I thought Old Man Dave was just spazzing everytime he wrote that, but then I noticed Carrie (another KCOM MS1) is writing OTM also.

    What gives? I thought the nationwide standard was OMT or OMM.


    Tim of New York City.
     
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  3. Hskermdic

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    OMT versus OTM

    Here is my understanding of the mess, I still hope I am saying the right thing to the right person.

    OMT = Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

    OTM = Osteopathic Theory and Methods


    Our class is called OTM on the sylabus and we are taught to perform OMT. Is that clear? It really isn't to me either I just kind of go with what I hear most people. To me OTM seem like a lot more than just the OMT.

    On that note OTM as a class has the weirdest set of definitions and explanations of any class I have had in medschool so far so maybe it is fitting that the names are a little confusing

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    I thought nationally, OTM would be OPP (Osteopathic Principles and Practice). At least that's how I've usually heard it.


    Tim of New York City.
     
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    OPP is more or less a synomyn for OTM, both of which are essential to the specialty of OMM.

    However, the whole point is moot, since the AOA and AAO agreed to change the name of the OMM specialty board (and ostensibly the name of the whole field) to the board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine--also known as NMS. NMS is a now the specialty that concentrates on the use of OTM, OPP, and OMT in the total care of patients. Still, those who don't wish to complete the 3 year residency in NMS can get a CAQ in OMT.

    Hope that helps. [​IMG]

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    Dude! Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine? Why? What was wrong with OMT? OMM?


    Tim of New York City.
     
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    Maybe since they can't seem to get any good research done they think they can gain more mainstream acceptance by taking the word "osteopathic" out of the mix. Just a thought...
     
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    Well, the reasons depend upon who you talk to about the issue. One side argues that the term "OMM" doesn't really reflect what services the specialty offers anymore, it's become too dated and narrow. When you go see a OMM specialist, he or she may order xrays, mri's, ct scans, labwork, postural studies, emg's, prescribe medication, and do manipulation. So, the idea is that what you're really being trained to practice is non-surgical orthopedic medicine, but that's even more of a mouthful than Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.

    The new residency requirements for NMS (which can be viewed on the AOA-website) incorporate rotations in rheum, ortho, rehab, neuro, etc.

    As for there being no research in manipulative medicine, that isn't true. It's out there, it just hasn't cumulated like other areas of medicine.

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    I do think that more journals would publish research under the new name than if it were called OMT. It's kinda like when they changed the name "osteopathic lesion" to "somatic dysfunction". Wasn't that largely motivated by a lack of enthusiasm by the mainstream literature to recognize "osteopathic lesion"?

    I know there is research out there, but I just don't think it is good research (largely because of the limitations studying a specific technique places upon a research design.)
     
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    Tim Tim Rim...OMD--->SPAZ!!!! I DON'T THINK SO!!! ROFLMAO!!

    Nope, the naming system is, or was according to Mr. Russo, as confusing as Carrie has suggested. More or less, the naming varied by school &/or region. So, whatever the motivation for the 'name change', I just hope it becomes standardized...that way there will one less confusing detail in OT&M, OM&M or whatever the hell you want to call it!


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    Hi,
    I am a fourth year student and am going to take COMPLEX Part II this Tuesday and Wednesday, but not very ready yet. Can anyone out there, please my fellow D.O., send me some study materials (including OMT) to save me? Thanks
     

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