ONMM 3 Didactics


ONMM didactics include faculty lectures, anatomy review, journal club, book club, hospital rounds, small group labs, noon conferences/labs, board review, and a frequent use of multimedia materials.  Our affiliation with Ohio University - Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM) and the CORE OPP committee provides many didactic resources, including ONMM CME courses.


Our program focuses on preparing the resident to be an excellent clinician specializing in the distinct practice of osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine and to assume the role of ONMM faculty in a variety of settings. We have the flexibility to tailor didactics to fully meet the trainees' needs as well as explore specific individual interests. Residents are expected to contribute to the didactics schedule and present regularly. In addition to formal and informal lectures, small groups, journal clubs, and skills labs, some didactics sessions have included: 


  • Shared medical appointments for chronic pain patients at the CCF Wellness Center
  • Visiting the Cleveland Natural History Museum's collection of human skeletal specimens
  • Gross Anatomy Lab workshops at OUHCOM
  • Participating in locally-held AFDMA Fascial Distortion Model courses



Our ONMM faculty and residents are involved in teaching the students, interns, and other residents for many different types of ONMM labs throughout the year. Residents will have regular exposure to teaching and feedback on your efforts. Teaching begins with presenting at didactics, expands to arranging didactic sessions and table training student OMM labs, and eventually includes preparing group labs for other residencies, pre-recording labs for medical students, and/or presenting a lab with broadcasting to our other OU-HCOM campuses in Dublin and Athens. We encourage resident participation in formal OMT courses available locally and through OUHCOM, many of which are hosted at South Pointe Hospital. Courses held here in the past include Counterstrain, Exercise Prescription, an SCTF basic course in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, HVLA, and Muscle Energy. Our trainees attend the AAO Convocation annually.


South Pointe Hospital has a dedicated research staff member and many resources to help you complete your research project. We have support for qualifying studies from the Brentwood foundation and OUHCOM, as well as many Cleveland Clinic resources. Our program uses the Scholar 7 and Scholar 4 research training resources to assist residents in developing research skills.


Our residency seeks to train our residents to be resilient, goal-oriented individuals. We dedicate approximately 10% of our residency didactics to focusing on building the whole person, including Mastermind curriculum, SCRUM and agile project management methodology, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, as well as incorporating and supporting individual residents' interests.


We seek and select proactive physician trainees who demonstrate initiative and drive for pursuing success. We expect and welcome collaboration from the residents in generating didactics schedules based not only on basic competencies, but also areas of particular resident interest. Many of the innovative solutions we employ were suggested by our trainees. Our faculty are open minded and enjoy learning new skills and concepts with our residents.





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