Center for Research in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (CROMM)


The Center for Research in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine’s mission is to advance the use of objective feedback methods in educational programs that train learners in the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic manual skills.

ATSRI CROMM scientists

  • Eric Snider, DO, Center Co-Director
  • Brian Degenhardt, DO, Center Co-Director
  • Zane Starks, MS, Instrumentation Specialist


  • G. Franklin, MBA
  • Jane Johnson, MA
  • Karen Snider, DO



ATSRI CROMM research associates

  • Steve Webb, BA, BS
  • Markus Weslowski, BA


  • Corey Luebbering, BS



General areas of research

  • Assessing Palpation Skills of Osteopathic Medical Students and Clinicians.
  • Developing and offering programming that incorporates objective measures of palpation within osteopathic curricula to increase the accuracy and validity of palpatory diagnosis and treatment.

Long-term goals

  • Pilot training programs with local faculty and residents using instrumentation, models, and procedures established within the Center’s research program.
  • Training a pool of national clinical D.O. researchers who can document the reliability and accuracy of their palpatory skills.
  • Pilot training programs with groups of undergraduate students to utilize methodologies and models as objective feedback during OMM skill development.
  • Develop similar training programs at other osteopathic medical schools.

Current projects

  • Multicenter study evaluating the Palpatory skills of first year medical students at KCOM, SOMA, and MUCOM using validated Models.
  • Use of Models to Assess the Accuracy of Positional Asymmetry Tests within osteopathic medical school curricula Advancing Medical Student Accuracy and Reliability Performance of Pelvic Positional Asymmetry Tests through Consensus Training and Objective Feedback.
  • Advancing the Accuracy and Reliability of Manual Diagnostic Tests of select Medical Students.

Advancing Skills in Osteopathy (ASO)

Advancing Skills in Osteopathy (ASO) offers innovative continuing education courses to refine clinicians’ palpation skills, provide unique experiences of osteopathic history, and promote rigorous research in osteopathic principles, led by a team of leading educators and researchers. ASO courses are open to:

  • osteopathic physicians graduated from an accredited USA or International College of Osteopathic Medicine.


  • osteopathic students, fellows, and residents motivated to incorporate osteopathic manipulative skills in their future practice.

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DO-Touch.NET is a practice-based research network whose clinician members are dedicated to assessing the clinical usefulness of osteopathic manipulative medicine.

DO-Touch.NET’s mission is to evaluate and advance the practice of osteopathic manipulative medicine. Through a global network of clinicians, DO-Touch.NET aims to produce research that translates easily into practice.

To learn more about DO-Touch.NET’s research and educational opportunities, check out the DO-Touch.NET website.