Evaluating the Effectiveness of Teaching Osteopathy in a Combined Didactics Setting

  • Andrew Eilerman, DO Doctors Hospital Family Practice Residency, Grove City, Ohio
  • Megan E. Keller, PharmD, BCACP, CDE Doctors Hospital Family Practice Residency, Grove City, Ohio
  • David Hixson, OMS II Doctors Hospital Summer Research Extern, Grove City, Ohio
  • Anand Gupta, MBBS, MPH Ohio Health Academic Research Services, Columbus, Ohio


Objectives: To evaluate the effects of teaching Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and Principles and Practice (OPP) at a combined didactic conference having both allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) family medicine residents.

Methods: A self-administered pre/post-conference survey was distributed to 58 family medicine residents. Using a Likert-type scale, constructs measured included: the likelihood of using OMT on patients, the impact of session content, and confidence in medical knowledge of the topics presented. Demographic data was included (ie MD/DO status). The comparison of pre/post survey responses were performed for each question using the chi-square test, except when the sample size was small, where Fisher’s exact tests were used. The p-value was set at 0.05.

Results: A total of 33 (66%) residents completed both pre/post-conference surveys. Enthusiasm towards OMT as a mode of treatment was high at baseline among residents. For PGY1s, the injection therapies session was most impactful (52.8%). For PGY2s & 3s, the Short Leg Syndrome lecture was most valuable (65.3%). MD/DO residents showed statistical significance in improving confidence in the Short Leg Syndrome Session (p = 0.013) and Shoulder Injection (p = 0.012). MDs showed a statistically significant increase in confidence for the treatment of Head and Neck Conditions (p = 0.0485).

Conclusion: ACGME unification will challenge programs pursuing osteopathic recognition to achieve a balance between on-boarding MDs and providing content for furthering the training of DOs. This study indicates MDs have moderate interest in learning OMM/OPP in a combined didactics setting and promotes further research in this area.

How to Cite
Eilerman, DO, A., M. E. Keller, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, D. Hixson, OMS II, and A. Gupta, MBBS, MPH. “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Teaching Osteopathy in a Combined Didactics Setting”. Osteopathic Family Physician, Vol. 10, no. 3, Apr. 2018, https://ofpjournal.com/index.php/ofp/article/view/567.
Research Article