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Post Graduate Clinicians

Advancing Skills in Osteopathy (ASO)

Advancing Skills in Palpation

The A.T. Still Research Institute offers a novel, series of courses entitled, “Advancing Skills in Osteopathy (ASO)” that gives participants the most scientifically advanced training in palpation worldwide. This program uses 21st Century objective scientific methods for feedback so participants can refine and standardize their fundamental palpation skills. Leading researchers and educators within the Still Research Institute and the ATSU-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine will gives up-to-date evidence-based presentations on the neurobiology of palpation and the art of osteopathic practice. The ASO team, which includes experienced research assistants and coordinators, oversees extensive hands-on training during this program.

The History of Osteopathic Medicine

A unique feature to this training program is its historical component. Led by staff from ATSU’s Museum of Osteopathic Medicine(SM), this feature gives participants an intimate experience of the history of osteopathic medicine upon the grounds of the American School of Osteopathy, where Andrew Taylor Still began a revolution in medicine that continues today. By incorporating living history with modern advanced technologies, the ASO program is an unprecedented and irreproducible program.

Level 1

The ATSRI Level I Advancing Skills in Osteopathy course includes a 20 hour lecture and lab series that focuses on the evaluation of the human pelvis. Using 2D imaging technology, a comprehensive measurement system, and objective human- simulated models developed at the ATSRI, participants will gain insights about their localization and diagnostic accuracy through their involvement in hands-on lab experiences. The Level 1 course aims to provide participants with individualized feedback and an enhanced understanding of the science of palpation, pelvic mechanics, and the evidence for biomedical and osteopathic models.

Level II

The ATSRI Level II Advancing Skills in Osteopathy course includes a 20 hour lecture and lab series that focuses on the evaluation of the lumbar region of the human spine. Using ultrasound, 3D imaging, pressure sensor technology, and objective human-simulated models developed at the ATSRI, participants will gain insights about their localization and diagnostic accuracy regarding the quantification of rotational testing of lumbar segments. The Level 2 course aims to provide participants with individualized feedback and an enhanced understanding of the foundations of accurate palpation, spinomechanics, and the evidence for biomedical and osteopathic models.

Eligibility

Course participants must be Osteopathic Physicians graduated from an Accredited USA or International College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Location

The ASO program is held in the SRI facility located on the ATSU-Kirksville campus in Kirksville, MO.

Date and Course Fee:

Courses are held three times per year in June, July, and in fall in conjunction with KCOM's Founder's Day. Levels I and II may be combined into a 1-week experience during June and July course events. Please contact the Charity Thomann at the SRI to make arrangements for your school or group.

Advancing Skills in Osteopathy for Fellows and Residents

The A.T. Still Research Institute offers a novel, series of courses entitled, “Advancing Skills in Osteopathy (ASO)” that gives participants the most scientifically advanced training in palpation worldwide. This program uses 21st Century objective scientific methods for feedback so participants can refine and standardize their fundamental palpation skills. Leading researchers and educators within the Still Research Institute and the ATSU-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine give up-to-date evidence-based presentations on the neurobiology of palpation and the art of osteopathic practice. The ASO team, which includes experienced research assistants and coordinators, oversees extensive hands-on training during this program.

The History of Osteopathic Medicine

A unique feature to this training program is its historical component. Led by staff from ATSU’s Museum of Osteopathic Medicine(SM), this feature gives participants an intimate experience of the history of osteopathic medicine upon the grounds of the American School of Osteopathy, where Andrew Taylor Still began a revolution in medicine that continues today. By incorporating living history with modern advanced technologies, the ASO program is an unprecedented and irreproducible program.

Location and Date

The ASO program will be held in the SRI facility located on the ATSU-Kirksville campus in Kirksville, MO, July 7-11, 2014

Course Fee

A reduced cost for post-graduate clinicians has been set at $1250 per participant. Scholarships are available, and interested candidates should contact the SRI.

Eligibility

To be considered for this program, prior research experience is not required. However, applicants must possess or meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • NMM resident in an accredited program.
  • Strong interest in a career as a clinician focused on whole-body healthcare and based on attention to the mind, body and spirit of their future patients.
  • Strong interest in a career that directly contributes to clinical research or educational activities.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and technological).
  • Strong interest in science and the scientific method as a basis for critical thinking.
  • Strong academic record.
  • Admirable interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of leadership

How to Apply

To apply for a Clinical Researcher Internship, email the following materials to Charity Thomann or submit to

    Brian Degenhardt, DO
    c/o Charity Thomann, MA
    A.T. Still Research Institute
    800 W. Jefferson Street
    Kirksville, MO 63501

  • Completed application
  • Letter of intent that addresses the following: reasons for interest in gaining experience through this program, academic and professional goals, and personal interest in clinical and/or biomedical research or education.
  • Up-to-date CV.
  • A letter of recommendation and completed evaluation from Chair of the OMM/OPP department of the applicant’s training institution.
  • Up-to-date transcript from an osteopathic medical program.
  • Application deadline: March 28 for Summer 2014