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Advancing Skills in Osteopathy (ASO)


The A.T. Still Research Institute 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 the Still Research Institute and the ATSU-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine’s 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, which includes 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 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 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 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 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

The next ASO programs are scheduled for August 2018, in the ATSRI lab on the ATSU-Missouri campus, in Kirksville, MO.

Course Fee

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

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 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