The AZCOM Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) focuses on the unique distinction of an Osteopathic Physician. The curriculum utilizes clinical training through all four years of Osteopathic Medical Education. Students gain knowledge and skills for osteopathic diagnosis and treatment utilizing the application of philosophy and science. They also learn biomechanical anatomy and physiology related to the neuromusculoskeletal system. Students develop an in-depth understanding of osteopathic principles and practice as applied to various clinical pathological conditions and disease processes.
The OMM curriculum is divided into the development of psychomotor skills and the didactic study of osteopathic principles and theory. Sessions are weekly in the first and second years of medical education. During their third and fourth years of clinical rotations, AZCOM students continue their osteopathic education through MWU Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute (OPTI) lectures at OPTI partner sites, didactic lectures delivered at key hospitals in the rotation regions and on campus by AZCOM OMM Faculty Members. The Department of OMM has offered the OMM Student Scholarship Program since 1997. The OMM Scholarship program is an opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge of OMM and become an integral part of teaching role in the department. The two years of clinical medical education at AZCOM expand to three calendar years to provide the opportunity for advanced students to further their studies in Osteopathic Medicine. The Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Scholar holds specific responsibilities within the AZCOM OMM Department in addition to his or her regular academic requirements. During the scholarship period, the OMM Scholar becomes a vital part of the department. Included are unique opportunities in Advanced Osteopathic Education, Osteopathic Teaching, Leadership Development, Research, and Community Service. In 2012, the department expanded its role in medical education with the addition of a Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Resident program through the MWU OPTI. The faculty in the OMM Department provide a robust scope of practice that includes Neuromusculoskeletal Specialists as well as faculty that focus on Sports and Family medicine. These physicians work on campus delivering direct patient care while providing clinical teaching to medical students, residents and OMM teaching Scholars at the Midwestern University Clinic. Faculty in the OMM department serve as clubs advisors for the student Undergraduate American Academy of Osteopathy (UAAO) and the Student Osteopathic Medical ASSOCIATION (SOMA) clubs. The OMM faculty maintain an open-door policy and are integrally involved in provide career advising and mentorship for students and residents regarding the residency match process. The AZCOM Department of OMM is proud of its national recognition at AAO Convocation over the past several years as one of the leading Osteopathic Medicine Departments in the field of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine research.