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 in 2015, we were one of the first to become accredited because we believe in the Osteopathic Principles and Practice and how they can be applied to caring for others. Of the 11,214 Residency and Fellowship programs in the nation, our Family Medicine Residency is now one of only 185 programs that has an Osteopathic Focused Track and is the only one in Kansas.
The Osteopathic Designated Residents
Under the combined system the osteopathic designation is now available for any interested DO or MD residents, with the goals 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. Participants 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 focusing on inpatient treatments.
Interested MDs will want to notify the program as early as possible in order to enroll 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 an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) specialty clinic. This allows us to provide OMM consultative services for our allopathic colleagues and opportunities for interested 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 Medicine Residency Clinic locations also have OMM treatment tables in the exam rooms. Residents are encouraged to incorporate osteopathic principles, structural exams and manipulative medicine into the care of their continuity patients during regularly scheduled clinic visits.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Elective
A 2-4 week Osteopathic Elective is available with the primary goal of providing inpatient osteopathic consultation for the Family Medicine hospital service. In addition, residents work with community Osteopaths in an outpatient setting to enhance treatment skills.
There is also a monthly didactic session, providing additional opportunities to hone skills and to build on the foundations of osteopathic principles and practices obtained in medical school. This is well attended 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 are 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.
For any other information about our residents' Osteopathic training opportunities, contact Dr. Melissa Penny at Melissa.Penny@ascension.org