What are the pathways to becoming an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Specialist?
There are currently three pathways to becoming certified as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Specialist.
- ONMM1 Pathway: 3-year residency entered after graduating from an approved medical school.
- ONMM2 Pathway: 2-year residency entered after completing an ACGME internship/transition year.
- ONMM3 Pathway: 1-year residency entered after completing any ACGME-approved residency program.
A listing of all available ACGME programs be found on this ACGME website
What kinds of career opportunities are available to the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Specialist?
An ONMM specialist can practice in many different ways and settings. Some ONMM specialists choose to practice in their primary specialty (primary care or surgical) and integrate OMM into their patient management. Some choose to only practice musculoskeletal medicine and OMM. An OMM practice can be hospital based, out-patient based, or a combination. Some ONMM specialists have entered academic medicine to teach further generations of DOs, and/or perform research. The options are really endless and open to your career goals:
- Specialty ONMM Private Practice – ONMM only
- Specialty Private Practice – PMR, Sports Med, OB/GYN. etc with integrated ONMM
- Specialty Hospital Based Practice – ONMM inpatient consults
- Academic Positions with various clinical practice levels
- Primary Care Private Practice – FP, IM, Peds, EM with integrated ONMM
So where do ONMM specialists work? According to 2015 AAO (American Academy of Osteopathy) membership data, the charts below provide some rough information. Keep in mind that this data …
- Does NOT include retired or inactive categories of members
- The fact that not all Board Certified ONMM Specialists may be AAO members
- This specialty data is SELF reported