Resources and Advice from DO Students: Courses

Second Year OMM


  • 5 Minute OMM Guide
  • Alexander Nicholas Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques*
  • Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kaplan COMLEX OMM Review Book
  • Kimberly Manual
  • Savarese OMT Review**


  • Practice in small groups.
  • Practiced techniques to build muscle memory.
  • Know the difference between direct and indirect treatments, and understand the motions of all the body regions and you’re pretty much set. Chapman’s points are also very high yield.
  • You need hands on practice!
  • OMM is not like a disease where when you learn/see it one time and you know it. OMM has to be practiced outside of lab time and on as wide of a variety of people to feel differences. Remember to that this is what makes DOs who they are, plenty of people attend osteopathic school because they want to be a doctor, but not necessarily an osteopathic doctor. Do not sell our profession short, take pride in OMM.
  • Time in lab! Have a good understanding of the anatomy as this gives you a basis for why you do certain techniques.
  • A lot of hands on practice really does go a long way when learning OMM.
  • Hands on practice with students is the most effective. The student acting as the patient should be in constant communication about what they’re feeling so the physician in training can learn best.
  • Review anatomy!
  • Don’t blow off anatomy. Knowing origins & insertions, landmarks, and gross structures makes OMM much easier to conceptualize.
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