Program code: 1661140C1

Our program has the distinction of Osteopathic Recognition from the ACGME. Designated Osteopathic Residents continue their osteopathic education by caring for internal medicine patients and apply the philosophy and manual skills inherent to their training.

Highlights of Osteopathic Training

  • Learn to apply your unique skills to complex medicine patients
  • Translate Osteopathic Principles of Practice into Internal Medicine and subspecialty routine practice
  • Hands-on Training
  • Satisfy State Osteopathic Medical Board requirements
  • Qualify for AOA and ABIM certification
  • Direct match for Osteopathic Candidates through ERAS Osteopathic Track – allows for balance in the program

Curriculum for Designates Osteopathic Residents

All Designated Osteopathic Residents are integrated into the categorical internal medicine program and receive the same training. However, the designated osteopathic residents also participate in an enhanced curriculum which reinforces an osteopathic learning environment, centered on incorporation of osteopathic principles of practice (OPP) into internal medicine. This includes:

  • Evaluation of incorporation of OPP into internal medicine on all core rotations
  • Participation in OPP/OMM workshops monthly, led and taught residents on treating internal medicine patients
  • Participation in Osteopathic Journal Club, led and taught by residents to advance scholarly activity in the osteopathic fields
  • Participation in OMM clinic where residents learn to treat general internal medicine patients with osteopathic techniques, wherein they learn manual skills, documentation, billing, and coding principles for their future career
  • Mentorship with the Director of Osteopathic Education on means to incorporate OPP into their future careers
  • Completion of all required rotations during intern year to qualify for Pennsylvania State licensure

Criteria for Designated Osteopathic Resident Selection

The program embraces osteopathic medical education as a valuable component of the formation of Osteopathic Internists. The program expects designated osteopathic residents to incorporate osteopathic principles of practice (OPP), including OMM as appropriate, into their patient care and reaffirms that OPP has application to a career in internal medicine and its subspecialties. Therefore, all graduates of a COCA-accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine who hold a DO degree and enroll in the program will be designated osteopathic residents. Applicants who are graduates of LCME-accredited medical school or those who are graduates of a medical school outside of the United States or Canada and who seek to be designated osteopathic residents must meet the following additional requirements:

  • Residents must have sufficient background and instruction in osteopathic philosophy and techniques in manipulative medicine sufficient to prepare them to engage in the curriculum of the program.
  • Residents must have instruction to include: osteopathic philosophy, history, terminology, and code of ethics, anatomy and physiology related to osteopathic medicine, indications, contraindications, and safety issues associated with the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment, and palpatory diagnosis, osteopathic structural examination and osteopathic manipulative treatment.
  • Residents must have completed a course in Osteopathic Principles and Practices (OPP) which instructs these requirements at a college of osteopathic medicine prior to matriculation in the program.