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, and our comprehensive curriculum covers common family medicine musculoskeletal and viscero-somatic issues .

Highlights of the OMT curriculum include:

  • Monthly 1.5 hour OMT workshops taught by family medicine osteopathic faculty with emphasis on small-group table training
  • Osteopathic journal club 
  • Five full-time Osteopathic family medicine faculty
  • Dedicated precepting for OMT at our outpatient offices
  • Opportunities for Osteopathic teaching and scholarship
  • Multiple adjustable and fully-equipped OMT tables in 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

Our residency has a 100% pass-rate for the OMT boards.  ACOFP OMM Board Review Preparation is done in February of each year to prepare all senior residents for the OMT Practical portion of the ACOFP board exam.  The sessions include-two mock practical exams with cases covering musculoskeletal and viscero-somatic issues.  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.