Excellent article on the phenomenology or "lived experience" of OMM by Elliot Gaines, PhD and Anthony Chila, DO. It's probably a little "out there" or abstract for the tastes of most medical students, but it does a nice job of summarizing the difficulty of translating palpatory experience into scientific language. Hopefully, some of you can use this article as a starting point for discussion at your COM's. COMMUNICATION FOR OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIVE TREATMENT: THE LANGUAGE OF LIVED-EXPERIENCE IN OMT PEDAGOGY ABSTRACT This article addresses two recurrent problems in osteopathic medical pedagogy. Questions about the scientific merits of osteopathic manipulative treatment and the search for consistent, effective teaching methods for OMT have been persistent in the discourse of osteopathic medical curriculum. While grounded on scientific principles, the philosophy of osteopathy in the words of A.T. Still, William G. Sutherland, and other prominent osteopathic scholars, advance concepts in metaphorical language that may seem obscure and dated to many of today's students. Evidence in the literature of osteopathic medicine supports the congruence of phenomenology with the philosophy and methods used to teach OMT. The philosophy of phenomenology offers an alternative paradigm to address questions of scientific merit, and could provide a consistent language to a rigorous, scientific approach to communication for OMT pedagogy. A solution is proposed for the tactical adaptation of a communication strategy based on an interpretion of osteopathic methodology and the philosophy of phenomenology.