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Resources and Advice from DO Students: Courses

Fourth Year OMM

Books

  • 5 Minute OMM Consult
  • Alexander Nicholas Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques*
  • COMLEX Review of OMM
  • First Aid for COMLEX
  • Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kimberly Manual*
  • Savarese OMT Review**

Advice

  • Start a study group and if necessary, ask an OMM fellow if they can do review sessions for a small study group or your whole class.
  • Make sure you have a dedicated buddy that enjous learning and performing OMT.
  • Individual studying of Chapman’s points and viscerosomatic levels are both very important!
  • Force yourself to visualize it, and practice it either for real or mentally.
  • If you have an active SAAO make use of what they offer!
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Practice palpation skills early and often. Have colleagues and professors check your diagnoses and treatment positions.
  • Use mnemonics. Practice on many different people. Experiment with using different pressures when palpating.
  • Go to every lab you are assigned to. Spend several hours a week practicing the skills you learn in lab that week. Palpation skills are so critical as a DO.
  • The most helpful on Boards is the lists of sympathetic/parasympathetic nerves and the trigger point/ tenerpoint things.
  • Learn Chapman’s points for exams!
  • Find a friend and practice. Synthesizing why you are doing certain manipulations and the structures effected by those manipulations help you to better understand the physics behind the techniques.
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