Osteopathic Recognition

Still OPTI assists each of its institutionally-sponsored programs with Osteopathic Recognition, but programs with their own institutional sponsor can become a Still OPTI Associate Partner to receive the same quality recognition assistance, tools, resources, and on-site training. Jump to our inquiry form below to reach us directly about an associate partnership.

Why Osteopathic Recognition?

Osteopathic principles & practice strengthen medical education at every level.

  • Improved patient care
  • Increased positive feedback
  • Reduced costs through shorter hospital stays, high-quality care, and a focus on wellness and prevention in the primary care setting.
  • Competitive recruitment. In today’s graduate medical education environment, both DO and MD medical students are seeking residency programs with an osteopathic focus. Read on to learn more!

Q: What is Osteopathic Recognition?

A: Additional acknowledgment from ACGME defining your program as one that integrates osteopathic principles and practice into each of the ACGME competencies.

  • No fee to apply for Osteopathic Recognition
  • Application will be considered after initial accreditation

Osteopathic Recognition is overseen by the Osteopathic Principles Committee. Learn more:


Q: Do I have to join an OPTI to achieve Osteopathic Recognition?

A: Although OPTI membership is not a requirement of the Osteopathic Principles Committee, participation in an active osteopathic community is required and is intrinsic to a successful osteopathically-recognized program. OPTIs are one way to achieve this community. From the Requirements:

“Programs seeking Osteopathic Recognition should participate in a community of learning that promotes the continuum of osteopathic medical education. This community should include a college of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic medical students, residents in an osteopathic-focused track, and teaching physicians from a variety of settings committed to maintaining these requirements for Osteopathic Recognition. Such a community can be provided through affiliation with an osteopathic post-doctoral training institution (OPTI).

Why Still OPTI?

Still OPTI partners with A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona to provide foundational, high-quality education in osteopathic principles and practice with OMM integration throughout the medical education experience. Here is a list of some of the ways we do this:

  • Osteopathic Recognition Application Template (we provide assistance from the early decision stages, throughout accreditation!)
  • Access to A.T. Still Memorial Library, including a guide to OMM/OPP resources available there
  • Direct Observation Tool for Osteopathic Competency
  • On-site, hands-on training in osteopathic medical techniques
  • Live, interactive workshops with full-scope OMM teaching on conditions seen in the hospital and clinic (including hands-on OMT)
  • Online library of OMM & OPP video lectures and labs
  • Training for DO and MD supervisors
  • Events, including Osteopathic Recognition Faculty Development with CME 1-A credit
  • Access to OMT training and training guides through ACOFP
  • OMT Billing & Coding tutorials
  • Module-based instructional curriculum and assessments (in development)

Benefits of integrating OMM into clinical practice

Wieting, J. M. & et al. (2013). The effect of osteopathic manipulative treatment on postoperative medical and functional recovery of coronary artery bypass graft patients. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 113, 384-393.

Steele, K. M. & et al. (2014). Effect of osteopathic manipulative treatment on middle ear effusion following acute otitis media in young children: A pilot studyThe Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 114, 436-447.

Noll, D. R.& et al. (2010). Efficacy of osteopathic manipulation as an adjunctive treatment for hospitalized patients with pneumonia: A randomized controlled trial. Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care,4(2).

Mirocha, N. J. & et al. (2012). Successful treatment of refractory functional dyspepsia with osteopathic manipulative treatment. The Osteopathic Family Physicians, 4, 193-196.

Crow, W. T., & Gorodinsky, L. (2009). Does osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) improves outcomes in patients who develop postoperative ileus: A retrospective chart reviewInternational Journal of Osteopathic Medicine,12(1), 32-37.

Goldstein, F. J. & et al. (2005). Preoperative intravenous morphine sulfate with postoperative osteopathic manipulative treatment reduces patient analgesic use after total abdominal hysterectomyThe Journal of the American Osteopathic Association,105, 273-279.

Licciardone, J.C. & et al. (2003). Osteopathic manipulative treatment for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trialSPINE, 28(13), 1355-1362

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