Resources and Advice from DO Students: Courses

First Year OMM

Electronic Resources

  • Websites
    • Youtube for videos of vertebrae movements for different dysfunctions


  • Alexander Nicholas’ Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques*
  • An Osteopathic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment
  • COMLEX OMM Review
  • Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine
  • DiGiovanna Book
  • Kimberly Manual
  • Osteopathic Principles in Practice
  • Savarese OMT Review*


  • Go to class, visualize how things move and memorize chapmans, and tenderpoints.
  • What helped me most was writing out all the procedures/steps and also going over the raw mechanics.
  • Know the anatomy and the cellular mechanisms behind every manipulation and suddenly what you are doing will make sense!
  • Take it seriously and keep up with the work.
  • Practice the techniques every weekend! Do not let things build up or you won’t be able to learn everything before a practical.
  • Practice makes perfect!
  • Do not wait to cram. Practice skills throughout the semester.
  • Know your anatomy and practice, practice, practice!
  • Take lab seriously and use the time to practice when you have TAs and instructors there to help.
  • Practice makes perfect. I am analytical, so writing out “protocol sheets” for how to go through the steps of each technique made me feel more prepared to practice with a fellow colleague.
  • Practice outside of class to get skills in your head. Find a group of people that are interested in OMM to practice with and buy an OMM table.
  • Use class notes. Practice with partner. Talk aloud steps while performing OMM.
  • Practice with partners helped more than anything else.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Use lab time as focused study time to decrease the amount of time outside of class.
  • The best advice for studying OMM is to watch videos on how each technique should be performed and to use the textbooks for further clarification.

* – Top rated book resources

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