The Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program has historically been a dually accredited program (through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medicine Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)). When the single accreditation system was initiated, we were proud to be the first residency program in Kansas to achieve Osteopathic Recognition from the ACGME.
The Osteopathic Focused Track
We now offer an Osteopathic Focused Track, open to all DOs as well as interested MDs, with the goal of enhancing techniques in osteopathic manipulative treatments (OMT), gaining new skills from our five community osteopathic faculty and three core osteopathic faculty, and learning to properly code for osteopathic services. Those interested in participating in the Track will grow their foundation of osteopathic principles and practices through monthly didactics and will have ample opportunities to strengthen hands-on techniques and competencies, including an optional osteopathic elective which will focus on inpatient treatments.
Interested MDs will want to notify the program as early as possible in order to enroll in the track at the start of residency. There is not a separate application process, however, the ACGME has some requirements that we need to work on together in order to provide a foundation in osteopathic principles and practices prior to entry into residency.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinic
The Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency has established an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) specialty clinic in order to provide a way to better serve patients by providing OMM consultative services for our allopathic colleagues, and to provide opportunities for osteopathic residents to maintain and improve their OMM skills. The clinic is staffed by residents and supervised by several osteopathic family physicians from the community who have a special interest in OMM in their private practices. In addition to our OMM specialty clinic, both Family Practice Centers also have OMM treatment tables in the exam rooms, and residents are encouraged to incorporate osteopathic principles, structural exams and manipulative medicine into the care of their continuity patients during their regularly scheduled clinics.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Elective
In 2017, a 2-4 week Osteopathic Elective was created with the primary goal of providing inpatient osteopathic consultation for the Family Medicine hospital service. In addition, residents will work with community Osteopaths in an outpatient setting to enhance treatment skills.
In 2016, the residents at Via Christi created a monthly didactic session in order to provide more opportunities to hone skills and to build on the foundation of osteopathic principles and practices obtained in medical school. This has been a well-attended session by both osteopathic and allopathic residents interested in learning OMT.
The Riverside Health Foundation
Through the generosity of The Riverside Health Foundation, our osteopathic residents have been provided with state of the art OMT tables, registration fees for the ABOFP exam, and attendance at the annual ACOFP Conference - all expenses paid, in addition to numerous educational resources.