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LUCOM earns accreditation for neuromusculoskeletal residency

June 25, 2018 : Liberty University News Service

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) has been granted initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education to begin a new osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal (ONMM) residency program.

This program accreditation follows LUCOM’s initial accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) in May.

“This residency program will allow physicians to expand their skill set to provide treatment options to patients, in addition to medicine and surgery,” said Dr. James W. Kribs, associate professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine and director of LUCOM’s ONMM residency program. “Not every patient who comes to see a physician has a medical or surgical problem; sometimes they have a structural one, and this is what causes pain or loss of function. Our residents will be trained to provide treatment for structural and functional problems in all age groups, from newborns to our seniors.”

Those interested in ONMM will first complete medical school, then receive three to seven years of training within an initial residency program, such as family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics and gynecology, before beginning the one-year ONMM residency and receiving specialty certification in ONMM. The additional training involves both outpatient and inpatient hospital settings, with the primary focus on the neuromusculoskeletal system and its interaction with other bodily systems, as well as related neurological medical problems. While residents’ primary treatment tool will be osteopathic manipulation, LUCOM ONMM residents will also incorporate diagnostic, medical, and procedural methods used in neurology, medical orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and sports medicine.

LUCOM has established key clinical partnerships for the ONMM program with Central Virginia Family Physicians, Centra, the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salem, Va.; the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.; Sovah Health in Danville, Va.; and Michigan State University.

“This new program will take LUCOM to a new level in fulfilling our mission,” said Dr. Michael B. Weigner, associate dean of Graduate Medical Education at LUCOM, who conceived the program along with Dr. David F. Klink, LUCOM’s senior associate dean of Clinical Affairs. “One area in particular is the opiate crisis. The LUCOM ONMM residency program is designed and perfectly placed to help contribute toward the solutions of patients in pain by giving no opioid options.”

Read the full release at Liberty.edu/LUCOM.

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