Advancing Skills in Osteopathy (ASO) courses

The A.T. Still Research Institute has announced the dates for their 2020 ASO programs that will be held in Kirksville, MO.

The Advancing Skills in Osteopathy (ASO) course is a novel continuing education program that provides participants the most advanced series of training courses in palpation world-wide. The goal of the ASO program is to provide objective feedback using state-of-the-art instrumentation to assist motivated and skilled clinicians in osteopathic principles and practices. This course will refine and standardize clinicians’ skills and provide a personal, motivational experience of osteopathic history.

The ASO program features extensive hands-on training dedicated to providing objective feedback on the accuracy of each participant’s palpatory skills. The ASO team, which includes leading educators and experienced research assistants and coordinators, oversees the hands-on training. Participants will develop strategies to improve performance and interpretation of techniques through mentorship with faculty, peer critique and self-directed learning with calibrated models. These courses range from 15 to 30 hours and will accommodate from 6 to 10 attendees.

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 I

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 I 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 II 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.

Location and date

June 4-6, 2020 (17-hour course) Registration Deadline: April 6, 2020

August 24-28, 2020 (30-hour course) Registration Deadline: June 29, 2020

September 21-25, 2020 (30-hour course) Registration Deadline: July 20, 2020

September 28-30, 2020 (17-hour course) Registration Deadline: July 27, 2020

Course fee

Course costs range from $850 to $1,500, but will be offered to DO-Touch.NET members, resident physicians, and undergraduate fellows at a discounted rate.

Highlight these dates on your calendar and plan to attend, as courses are available on a first come basis. Agenda and registration links will be available soon!

For information on traveling to Kirksville, Missouri, including transportation and lodging, click here.

Please contact Jessica Corrick at the ATSRI regarding registration costs and cancellation policies.

Elligibility

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

  • Osteopathic physician graduated from an accredited USA or International College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Undergraduate Fellow within an osteopathic Fellowship program in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine or a student motivated to incorporate osteopathic manipulative skills in their specialty.
  • 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.