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Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Who We Are

Focusing on the musculoskeletal system

The Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Department integrates the principles and practice of osteopathic medicine throughout the continuum of medical education at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, from undergraduate classes and clinical rotations, through our residency programs at our clinical campuses, and on through continuing medical education for certified physicians.

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine?

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) is a complete system of medicine focusing on the musculoskeletal system.

All patients can benefit from Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) or from the manually guided forces of an osteopathic physician. The mission of OMT is to restore maximal pain-free movement by increasing motion in restricted areas of musculoskeletal function and to help with systemic medical problems. OMT works by improving physiological function or promoting homeostasis either after disease has set in or as a primary prevention method.

Graduate Training Programs

Graduate Training Program

Continue your journey

Ready for the next step? Our graduate programs will further your education of osteopathic medicine principles as they apply to the clinical setting.

Graduate Programs

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Monday, October 3 Athens Primary Care Clinic 8:30 AM — 3:30 PM Heritage Community Clinic Grosvenor Hall West Ohio University

Monday, October 3 Lifestyle Medicine - Dr. Bussard Presentation 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM HCOM Campus

Monday, October 3 Ohio Women in Medicine - Information Meeting 5:00 PM — 6:00 PM Medical Education Center (MEC)

  • Families of body donors say altruism motivates gift

    During the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Body Donor Memorial Service, friends and family said a desire to help others was the driving force behind why their loved ones gifted their bodies to science.
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  • "Rethinking Poverty" workshop helps instill empathy in new class of medical students

    Incoming medical students participated in an interactive workshop designed to build awareness and provoke discussion about social determinants of health and the implications of living in under-resourced communities.  
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  • Summer Scholars provides students a unique start to medical school

    Where medical school starts is not the same for everyone. For some at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, it begins with a program called Summer Scholars. This summer, 24 students joined Heritage College faculty, professors and current students in Athens, Ohio to be immersed in a five-week, rigorous, hands-on program similar to what first-year medical students experience.  
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