Osteopathic Curriculum

UPMC Altoona Family Physicians has been dually accredited by ACOFP and ACGME for family medicine since 1996, and the program has received "Osteopathic Recognition" by the ACGME, which recognizes it for its outstanding Osteopathic education. The family medicine program recognizes that Osteopathic Principles involve more than OMT. The program emphasizes the patient-centered approach of family and Osteopathic medicine.

Highlights of the OMT curriculum include:

  • Noon conferences specific to OMM taught by osteopathic faculty
  • Osteopathic journal club presented by residents and faculty
  • Dedicated precepting for OMT at our outpatient offices
  • OMT clinics at our outpatient offices, the Pregnancy Care Center and Juniata College.

OMT Workshop Day

The program sponsors an annual OMT day for both faculty development and resident instruction presented by a guest lecturer who specializes in OMT and uses it in every-day practice. Allopathic physicians cover services so all osteopathic residents and faculty can attend this workshop. The day includes lectures and working in small groups at the OMT tables with faculty preceptors

OMT Mock Practical for ACOFP Board Exam Preparation

ACOFP OMM Board Review Preparation in done in March of each year to prepare all senior residents for the OMT Practical portion of the ACOFP board exam.  Three sessions are taught by faculty.  The first session is an OMT review with emphasis on topics requested by the senior residents in preparation for the OMT practical portion of their ACOFP board exams.  The other two sessions include-two mock practical exams with cases covering the spectrum of musculoskeletal dysfunction.  These sessions require the resident to be able to identify anatomic landmarks, find and describe somatic dysfunction, and treat as indicated with at least two modalities.