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ONMM3 Residency Curriculum

Our program’s goal is for the resident to have a complete, broad-based, musculoskeletal training experience. As such, our program tries to ensure that each resident has had a chance to spend at least one month in all musculoskeletal related rotations at some point in their post-graduate training. Therefore, we consider each of the rotations below a core rotation. However, for the ONMM3 candidates, the program director will meet with each candidate at the beginning of their training and consider their prior musculoskeletal related rotations before completing their final schedule of core electives to be sure that all requirements are satisfied. That is, incoming residents that have completed these rotations in the past will have the option to repeat these rotations or spend more time in OMM continuity clinic or with core OMM faculty.


Instructional Educational Activities

The OMM Department is committed to providing the complete spectrum of medical education for the resident doctor in training. Didactic and clinical education round out the residents’ training experience. Our in-house rotations, combined with up to date continuing medical education programs are designed to provide the physician in training maximum exposure to real-world challenges in musculoskeletal medicine.

  • Weekly anatomy review, OMM book club
  • Regularly recurring journal club
  • Monthly MSK Radiology rounds
  • Optional sports medicine didactic and journal club series
  • Weekly dedicated 2-4 hour OMM didactic:
    • Weekly palpation exploration and palpation skill enhancement
    • Historical Osteopathic philosophy document review
    • Historical hands-on Osteopathic technique review
    • Hands-on Osteopathic technique review – to cover the basics of approach & technique of all osteopathic treatment techniques
    • Anatomy lab dissection with ultrasound correlation
    • Exercise physiology
    • Biomechanics & gait analysis
    • Motor control physiology and functional rehabilitation assessment
    • Exercise prescription from a functional & Osteopathic perspective
    • Basic nutrition
    • Regenerative medicine didactic & hands-on training
    • Beginning to Intermediate diagnostic ultrasound evaluation – including extremity, spine, pelvis, and nerves
    • Pain Medication Pharmacology review
    • Training in lecturing, hands-on teaching and research design specific to NMM/OMM

Additional Required Educational Activities

  • 40 hr basic cranial course sponsored by VCOM and delivered by Anthony G. Chila DO, FAAO, FOCA.
  • Intermediate OMT courses held at VCOM or nearby COMs
  • Extremity Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound course
  • Ultrasound Guided Injection Cadaver Course
  • Nutrition & Hormone evaluation & treatment course focused on the chronic pain patient
  • Attendance at annual AAO Convocation


Teaching and Research Experience

The plus-one NMM/OMM (ONMM2) residents will be responsible to:

  • Lead OMM book club and journal club on an alternating basis with attending physicians
  • Prepare and deliver at least 1 OMM lecture and lead 1 OMM lab for each the 1st and 2nd year students
  • Table train regularly at Tuesday & Thursday afternoon 1st & 2nd year student OMM labs
  • Hold OMM content and hands-on review prior to finals for each teaching block for the 1st & 2nd year students
  • Assist in the teaching of students & residents that rotate through ASOM
  • Table train at other guest OMM conferences throughout the year
  • Reading and Research. Many faculty have a number of longitudinal research projects that can be joined or the residents may come up with their own project if it will fit within the confines of the 1-year program.


Other Resident Duties

  • Complete quarterly progress reports and survey regarding their progress on rotations
  • Maintain a portfolio and written logs of ambulatory cases for all PGY-4 year experiences (ambulatory and hospital)
  • Use educational guidelines and other study guides provided during the residency
  • Take the annual in-service examination and attend AAO convocation
  • Present research where appropriate at local, regional, or national meetings


What is recognized as an acceptable scholarly activity?

The participation of each resident in scholarly activity is required prior to completion of the program. All resident planned scholarly activities must be discussed with the ONMM director prior to starting the project. This requirement can typically be met by any of the following:

  • An original paper on a neuromusculoskeletal medicine topic intended for publication
  • A scholarly project within the scope of neuromusculoskeletal medicine, such as a quality assurance or practice improvement project
  • Institutional or regional research programs in which neuromusculoskeletal medicine preceptors or faculty members are actively involved
  • Preparation and presentation of a neuromusculoskeletal medicine-related topic at a state, regional, or national meeting