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"The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men."

-Bill Beattie

Testimonials

From a few of our first-year D.O. students at ATSU-KCOM

Christina Hirt, OMS I

Christina Hirt, MSIWhy did you want to attend ATSU?
"It's the people at ATSU that make the difference. The faculty are here because they want to teach, and they go out of their way to help the us learn. The staff are a great resource for students; they are friendly, knowledgeable, and incredibly helpful. The students are amazing, and we all work together. If someone makes a study guide they email it to the whole class. We tutor each other, study together, and support one another. We all work together to help one another succeed!"

Why do you want to be a D.O. instead of an M.D.?
"Osteopathic medicine focuses on the inter-relatedness of the human body and teaches us to search for the cause of the disease and treat the underlying problem, not just the resulting symptoms. Also, osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is an invaluable tool that M.D. training simply leaves out. With the knowledge of manipulation, a physician can do simple procedures during an office visit that may offer their patients immediate relief or use OMM as an alternative to many invasive procedures, such as surgery. These main principles of osteopathic medicine are incredibly important to me and made my decision to be an osteopathic physician easy."

How would you describe your first week of school?
"The first week was a whirlwind of information, assignments, important dates, and deadlines. I got to know my fellow classmates and started to make friends and memories. Then reality of 'I'm really going to be a doctor' sank in, and the hard work began."

Chad Andicochea , OMS I

Christina Hirt, MSI

Why did you want to attend ATSU?
"ATSU's reputation for excellence in the education of compassion-integrated osteopathic medicine was well known at my undergraduate school in California. When it comes to my professional education, I want the best."

Why do you want to be a D.O. instead of an M.D.?
"I feel as though it is my responsibility to my future patients to be able to offer a large scope of treatment modalities. For me, the best way to accomplish this was with the enhanced anatomical training afforded by the neuromuscular manipulations of osteopathy. As a student, I am convinced this is the correct route for me as I learn hands-on approaches to patient care. To be honest, I love knowing that I will be able to bring immediate relief to many hurting patients."

How would you describe your first week of school?
"The first week fostered for me a combination of excitement for the initiation of my new profession, as well as a healthy amount of intimidation for the workload. I absolutely love OTM training and how well ATSU integrates it with other courses such as anatomy and the complete D.O. class."

John Alm , OMS I

Christina Hirt, MSIWhy did you want to attend ATSU?
"It is the founding school of osteopathy, which in my eyes has been at the leading edge of a new path of medicine in the United States and abroad. The University is pushing forward in medical education by integrating evidence-based methodologies that combine the scientific and clinical aspects of healthcare into an interrelated forum of study. Furthermore, I was very impressed with the amount of clinical preparation we will receive through the use of human patient simulators and simulated patient encounters. With the addition of the Connell Information Technologies Center, I believe that I am a part of Campus that offers the highest quality learning environment."

Why do you want to be a D.O. instead of an M.D.?
"I’ve had a great amount of exposure to medicine throughout my life, starting with my father attending medical school when I was in high school and through my own shadowing experiences. But it wasn’t until my wife started her medical career at ATSU-KCOM that I truly began to learn about ssteopathic medicine. I have had the fortune of learning about osteopathy from the ground up. As a spouse of a medical student, I have begun the journey down the road of medicine through the eyes of my wife and our friends. In this realm of constant learning and studies, I have become an inadvertent bystander learning the basic philosophies, methods, and practices of osteopathy. I have been the guinea pig for numerous OMT diagnosis and treatments. Through this, the conclusion I have come to is that I want to be an osteopathic physician. In learning about the tenets, philosophies, and practices of osteopathy, I have come to realize that this is was the form of medicine I wanted to utilize and treat my future patients with; taking the whole-person approach and allowing the body a chance to heal itself."

How would you describe your first week of school?
"My first week was a week of excitement and optimism. We were going through course outlines and seeing exactly what lay ahead of us for the quarter and seeing how much we would learn by fall’s end. Also, I was meeting people that I would be spending the next two years with, through the high and low points that come with times of challenge and personal perseverance. Most of all, it was taking that first step to becoming an osteopathic physician."

Kevin Smith , OMS I

Christina Hirt, MSIWhy did you want to attend ATSU?
"I've heard nothing but good things about ATSU before I applied. Plus, ATSU is the #1 osteopathic school in the nation."

Why do you want to be a D.O. instead of an M.D.? 
"I've had a big interest in the OMM aspect of osteopathic medicine -- something you don't learn if you become an M.D.."

How would you describe your first week of school?
"The first week of school slowly weans you into the routine of having class all day, five days a week."