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Osteopathic munipulative techniques

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Perplexed123, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. Perplexed123

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    Recently I am very drawn into the idea of osteopathic medicine. I want to ask you D.O students and practicing D.O.'s about your experience in learning and practing osteopathic manipulative techniques.

    Thank you very much!
     
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    Like much of what you learn in medical school, most doctors won't use it often but some will.

    I enjoyed learning OMM and it will give me something extra to offer if I end up in FM. It has also come in handy in diagnosing and treating friends and family. It was also good practice of palpation skills.
    Others would disagree.
     
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    How many hours are devoted to learning such techniques?
     
  5. ortnakas

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    Don't you have a thread on the MD forum too?

    At my school we have lab for 1.5 hours/week and lecture for 1 hour/week, on average. (Plus studying enough to pass the practical quizzes and final, and the written exams).
     
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    The average is a bit over 200 hours of classroom/lab time over the first two years. Your mileage may vary.
     
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    It's just enough to be annoying as far as time goes, but not too bad. I don't like it though and will not use it
     
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    After using it in OMT clinic on a couple rotations so far, there's definitely an application for OMT for MSK complaints. A little bit of MFR, Still or CS, and people with chronic pains can suddenly move. It's actually kind of crazy to see.
     
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    3-4 hours a week, no time studying until 3 days before the test.

    If you end up in family/IM/PM&R, you'll be glad you had the training. Lesser extent perhaps to OBGYN/Peds/mayyyybeEM.

    Few other professions use it and it is just something you learned way back then, like the krebs cycle.
     
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