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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.

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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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Find the resources you need to get off to a running start this semester.

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Monday, May 27 Belpre Primary Care Clinic 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM Fruth Pharmacy

Wednesday, May 29 Athens Primary Care Clinic 8:00 AM — 11:00 AM Heritage Community Clinic

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

  • Heritage College celebrates Class of 2024 student achievements

    At a pair of celebrations, the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine recognized the achievements of students in the Class of 2024, and introduced a new award created to honor the legacy of one of the college’s founders.

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Milo Co

    For Milo Co, who will be graduating with the Class of 2024, it was research that helped cement his desire to become a physician, but it was his dad who inspired him. In this profile, learn more about his medical school experience.

  • Inclusion scholars bring attention to health equity issues

    While progress has been made to improve health equity, more needs to be done on many fronts, from medical education to patient care. That was a key message delivered by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Inclusion Scholars in a research presentation.

  • Ohio Osteopathic Symposium showcases medical student research

    The effectiveness of augmented reality to help patients with Parkinson's disease walk normally, an examination of hospitals’ support of addiction treatment services and the use of growth hormone to heal wounds were the three research studies shared by Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine dual degree students at the 2024 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium. 

  • In symposium keynote address, Dr. Amy Acton calls on physicians to ‘hold the space’

    “Not all heroes wear capes,” is one of the expressions that went viral during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to recognize front line providers who worked tirelessly to care for the tidal wave of patients stricken by the disease. The phrase also became closely associated with former Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., who became the face of the state’s efforts to fight COVID. Some of those heroes were on hand during Acton’s keynote address at the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium recently held in Columbus

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Kamara Hyatt

    Class of 2024 graduate Kamara Hyatt is headed to a family medicine residency at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. In this profile, Hyatt, who was raised in South Florida, explains how her mom has inspired her journey through medical school. 

  • Heritage College Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Ashleigh Chiedo

    Born to immigrants and with a background in health care, graduate Ashleigh Chiedo took on a leadership role in medical school that led her to create Public Day of Service,  an event which has been adopted by many colleges of osteopathic medicine across the country. In this profile, she shares what led her to medical school and where she's headed next.

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Charlie Spieser

    Charlie Spieser became interested in medicine after shadowing a D.O. in the eighth grade. Learn more about his medical school experience in this profile as we celebrate the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the college and where they are headed after graduation. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Jackson Mittlesteadt

    Columbus native and Class of 2024 graduate Jackson Mittlesteadt shares a love for medicine and literature. Learn more about his journey to medical school in this profile as we celebrate the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the college and where they are headed after graduation. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Gisselle Pichardo

    We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the college and where they are headed after graduation. Gisselle Pichardo, who immigrated to the U.S. as a child, is spotlighted in this profile. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Rebecca Schmehl

    We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and where they are headed after graduation. Learn more about graduate Rebecca Schmehl. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Brooke Rigot

    Meet Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate Brooke Rigot. We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the college and where they are headed after graduation. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Tori Cartwright

    We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and where they are headed after graduation. Learn more about graduate Tori Cartwright. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Hannah Lyons

    We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and where they are headed after graduation. Learn more about graduate Hannah Lyons. 

  • Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Joseph Miller

    We're celebrating the Class of 2024 by talking with some of our graduates about their time at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and where they are headed after graduation. Learn more about graduate Joseph Miller. 

  • Ohio Osteopathic Symposium brings physicians together

    The Ohio Osteopathic Symposium had another successful year as osteopathic physicians from across the state gathered in Columbus April 20 – 23 to learn more about critical issues in medicine, participate in continuing medical education activities and showcase the latest research developments.

  • Outstanding Class of 2023 students recognized at awards ceremony

    A crowded house at Temple-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium cheered on the achievements of the Class of 2023 during the Commencement Awards Ceremony. Students were recognized for leadership, research and more.

  • Heritage Hall wins design award

    The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s newest medical education facility, Heritage Hall, was recently recognized with an Outstanding Project Award in the Spring 2023 issue of Learning by Design magazine. 

  • Faculty Spotlight: Shaohua Wang, Ph.D.

    Dr. Shaohua Wang, assistant professor of medical microbiology, is a relative newcomer to the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, joining the college seven months ago. We took some time to sit down with her and discuss her research, her time at the Heritage College and what initially drew her to microbial studies.

  • What to expect when you're at a medical school obstetrics lab

    At twenty-four weeks pregnant, I participated in the Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy Lab with Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine students. The second-year medical students eagerly waited in the large lab room filled with dozens of medical tables, while the other participants and I waited in the third-floor hallway of the new and impressive Heritage Hall.