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osteopathic internship

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by applicant2002, Oct 18, 2002.

  1. applicant2002

    applicant2002 Senior Member
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    can you be competent in omm without doing an osteopathic rotating internship?
    how about of you do an allo residency? do you think that this will make it very hard to be competent in Omm?

    also are there any good books that teach techniques of omm in an understable way. i'm not talking about board review books. are there any good books out there that teach techniques of omm such that you can figure out how to diagnose, position and treat?

    thanks for any and all answers. your kindness and thoughtfullness is greatly appreciated.:clap:
     
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  3. pink

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    Do you have the Kimberly manual?
     
  4. Sweaty Paul

    Sweaty Paul Senior Member
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    applicant,

    You can indeed be competent in OTM without doing the Osteopathic rotating internship.

    Sweaty Paul
     
  5. Sweaty Paul

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    Applicant,

    Like Pink said the kimberely manual is one possible book. However, much of dx and tx pts comes from being able to feel the somatic dysfunction that you are trying to treat and feeling when everything is in alignment in order to treat it properly. The techniques themselves aren't complicated, it is acquiring the skills required to feel the somatic dysfunctions that may or may not be present. Some techniques like High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) can be dangerous if they aren't localized properly (i.e. neck manipulations). So if your going to want to practice be cautious.

    Sweaty Paul MS-III
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  6. applicant2002

    applicant2002 Senior Member
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    thank you everyone i really appreciate it.

    i will check the kimberely manual out.

    is there a similar book for diagnosis?

    i just want to have a safety net if i fail to get what i want out of class.
     
  7. pink

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    I must agree with Paul....It really is all about practice. I mentioned the Kimberly manual just becuase I think it's a great place to start familiarizing yourself with the techniques. Diagnosis can really only be felt and is extremely hard when you first start. But if you really strive to get good at this stuff, it will come to you. Just make friends with people who also value the art of OTM and get together with them whenever you can. Practice on family and whoever will let you. Find the structures on your own body. I never knew how much I would depend on my body to get me through med school! You should see my class taking an OTM written exam....Arms and legs are being twisted in every direction as we visualize and try to answer the questions!!! Good luck and I applaud your interest in OTM. It's easy to get frustrated with it and to even doubt it when you feel like you're not helping. But I can't even explain what it felt like the first time I worked on my husband (who was a little hesitant about the whole thing) and he said, amazed, "Wow....it actually works!"
     
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    I would recommend Principles of Manual Medicine 2nd Ed. by Philip E. Greenman. It gives you a basis for understanding the principles of manual medicine.

    In reality, if you know Osteopathic Principles and the Anatomy, you should be able to build your own techniques, especially the muscle energy stuff because it is just muscle insertion and origen stuff.

    Dx can only be learned through practice because it is a feeling thing, but once again, if you know the principles it is much easier. For example, if you introduce Type III spinal mechanics through translation into the spine, it is easier to find the AGR.
     
  9. kirkdo

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    If you want to learn how to do Osteopathic manipulation you may consider doing a 3rd or 4th year elective with a D.O. who has a practice devoted solely to OMT.
     
  10. applicant2002

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    thanks everyone
    i think i will do an osteopathic elective
    thanks for all the book recommendations

    yesterday i actually felt psis move doing muscle energy!! i know it sounds silly, but it made my day!!:clap: :clap:
    i may be able to palpate after all!!!
     
  11. I think kirkdo had a good suggestion. Spend a month with an OMT subspecialist. Also if you want to be good at OMT a DO residency program in Sports medicine is a possible avenue for you.
    Diane
     
  12. DOSouthpaw

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    There is also the +1 Neuromusculoskeletal residency that you can take after you have done whatever it is you want to specialize in as well.
     

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