National Osteopathic Medicine Week Begins — Nicholas Harriel will soon begin his residency program to become a licensed physician. A former US Army veteran who served as a doctor in Afghanistan, his military experience propelled and sowed the seed to become a future Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
“Our institutions focus on the whole person, and this influences our education from the first day we enter school. It includes mind, body and spirit,” Harriel said. “I make advocacy a priority in my life because I have seen firsthand the difference the voices of health advocates can make to improve the lives of peers, our community and patients,” Harriel said.
Each year, the osteopathic medical profession comes together during National Osteopathic Medicine Week (NOM Week) to raise awareness about osteopathic medicine and the distinctive care that osteopathic physicians provide. This year’s celebration, which will take place April 18-24, 2022, will highlight the many milestones that have been achieved since the founding of osteopathic medicine in 1892. Osteopathic physicians, or DOs, believe there is more to good health than the absence of pain or disease. Their holistic approach to medicine focuses on prevention, helping to promote the body’s natural tendency towards health and self-healing. The American Osteopathic Association, headquartered in Chicago, represents more than 168,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and students of osteopathic medicine.
“DOs have the opportunity to provide a spark and be a beacon for a more holistic approach to healthcare,” said Julieanne P. Sees, DO, board-certified pediatric neuro-orthopedic surgeon who cares for children with neuromuscular diseases at Nemours Children’s Health. “We know that wellness means treating the whole person, and through our osteopathic hands and heart, we understand the difference between treating mind, body, and spirit as opposed to treating diseases.”
Building on a proud 130-year history of delivering distinctive and holistic care, the osteopathic medical profession continues to experience record growth and expansion year after year. There are nearly 135,000 DOs nationwide. Two-thirds of active DOs are under 45 years old.
“As National Osteopathic Medicine Week celebrates 135,000 osteopathic physicians and 35,000 students enrolled in colleges of osteopathic medicine, it’s really about patients and their ability to choose the unique approach to the body, spirit and spirit that DOs offer,” said David Broder, DO, a board-certified internist who serves as president and CEO of the New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium.
The number of DO women, especially those under 45, also continues to grow dramatically. Women have played a key role in the osteopathic profession since the first school of osteopathic medicine was established in 1892. Overall, women make up 43% of DOs in active practice today and nearly three-quarters of them. they are under 45 years old. trends, female students constituted a majority in the ranks of first-year osteopathic medicine students.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled that our osteopathic medical students and graduates continue to be successful,” said AOA CEO Kevin M. Klauer, DO, EJD. “Students of osteopathic medicine are not only welcomed into postgraduate programs across the spectrum of specialties, but are actively sought after for the distinctive perspective and approach they bring to the practice of medicine.”
Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the country. Each year, many more osteopathic physicians enter the workforce and help shape the practice of medicine. Today, DOs hold some of the most important positions in medicine. They oversee the care of our nation’s astronauts, serve in the uniformed services, and even serve as a physician to President Joe Biden.
“Our distinctive practice of osteopathic medicine provides excellent care to many patients in the United States,” Klauer added.
A record total of 7,049 osteopathic medical students and former DO graduates have been matched for residency positions starting later this year, as part of the 2022 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) match. is divided into more than 41 specialties, including family medicine, diagnostic radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics-gynecology, orthopedic surgery and psychiatry.
Agilda Dema understands that environmental circumstances affect a person’s health. When deciding on a preferred career path, she wanted hands-on training and an opportunity to think about and treat patients as a whole.
“I am very grateful for my training in osteopathic medicine, as it taught me to have a holistic and comprehensive approach to diagnoses such as seizures and headaches in the pediatric population,” said Dema, a medical student. fourth grade from the Midwest. University, a private medical and vocational school with campuses in Downers Grove, Illinois and Glendale, Arizona.
She will enter a child neurology residency program at the University of Chicago this year after graduation.
Aldwin Soumare knows the impact he can have not only in the black community, but in the healthcare profession in general. As a fourth-year medical student, he envisions being part of the process that helps people understand that you have to treat the whole person, not just the disease.
“Where I come from, you are more likely to be incarcerated or killed in gun violence than being a doctor. So every day I consider it a privilege to be a medical student, not only for me, but also for my community,” mentioned Aldwin Soumare, a fourth-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I think every day about my future patients, my community, and the opportunity to become a leader in a challenging and impactful profession.”
Notable increases for rotations in key specialties, such as diagnostic radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics-gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pathology and psychiatry, indicate growing opportunities for DO residents to pave the way for further integration of osteopathic principles and practice into all areas of Medicine. To learn more about ODs and the osteopathic philosophy of medicine, visit www.osteopathic.org.
“The success of our DO students and graduates at this year’s game is an exciting indicator of the continued growth of osteopathic medicine and the remarkable quality of osteopathic physicians entering the healthcare community,” said the president of AOA, Joseph A. Giaimo, DO. “I couldn’t be prouder of the direction our profession is taking and I know the future looks bright in the hands of these promising residents. »
National Osteopathic Medicine Week Begins