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Educational Opportunities

Advancing Skills in Osteopathy (ASO)

A physician performing a manipulation to a patient's back

The A.T. Still Research Institute (ATSRI) 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 ATSRI and A.T. Still University's Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine's (ATSU-KCOM) 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, including 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, DO, 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 ASO 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 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 ASO 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 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.

Location and date

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

Aug. 24-28, 2020 (30-hour course) Registration deadline: June 29, 2020

Sept. 21-25, 2020 (30-hour course) Registration deadline: July 20, 2020

Sept. 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, first served basis. Agenda and registration links will be available soon! Check out visitkirksville.com for information on traveling to Kirksville, Missouri, including transportation and lodging.

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:

  • 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 body, mind, 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