Total Credits: 40 including 40 AOA Category 1-A
Foundations of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field
Introduction to the Concepts and Skills Fundamental to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field
This course will be held live and in-person.
Mitchell Hiserote, DO
Date: July 13-17, 2022
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:30 AM PST
CME: 40 Hrs (maximum) AOA Category 1-A CME (anticipated) provided by Osteopathy’s Promise to Children
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Mission Valley/Stadium, 3805 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92123
Medical physicians (DO or MD); Dentists (DDS or DMD); Resident physicians (DO or MD); Medical students currently enrolled at a US AOA-approved college of osteopathic medicine; Medical physicians (MD) who reside and actively practice internationally, under certain conditions; and International osteopaths under certain conditions. International DOs must meet criteria for OCA membership including membership in an OCA-recognized affiliate society are also invited to apply and may contact email@example.com for more information
Core Faculty (in chronological order)
Mitchell Hiserote, DO
Raymond J. Hruby, DO
Rebecca Giusti, DO
Veronica Vuksich, DO
The OPC Foundations of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (FOCF) course is a 40-hour didactic and laboratory experiential course designed to introduce practicing physicians, resident physicians, dentists, and current medical students to the uniquely osteopathic modality of cranial diagnosis and treatment. This FOCF course is consistent with the teachings of W.G. Sutherland, DO, and is a direct continuation and legacy of Expanding Osteopathic Courses offered by the late V.M. Frymann, DO.
The course didactic components introduce cranial anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and applied clinical Osteopathic principles and is directly synergistic with closely precepted,
(4:1 student to faculty ratio), hands-on laboratory experiences. Thus, pedagogically addressing the cogent understanding and efficacious clinical application challenges of osteopathy in the cranial field (OCF). OCF, as presented in the FOCF course, is intended as an aspect of patient centered care applied synergistically within an integrated osteopathic medical model of diagnosis and treatment, designed to serve patients of all ages, gender, and levels of health challenges. The FOCF faculty preceptors and lecturers are practicing physicians chosen for their extensive osteopathic clinical experience, knowledge of applied OCF, and competency as excellent clinical educators to facilitate and optimize the practical educational experience.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will have basic/fundamental skills and conceptional knowledge to safely Osteopathically assess and offer treatment to patients with a variety of complaints common to the cranial region. Treatment techniques will be intended either generally or specifically to improve a patient’s clinical presentation, while concurrently deepening the practitioner’s understanding and skill of applied osteopathy in the Cranial Field. Concurrently this course will offer to those of a more experienced perspective the opportunity to renew/explore a deeper integrative understanding in the application of Osteopathy in patient care.
After completion of the FOCMM course, participants will be expected to:
1. Identify and appreciate the historical roots and challenges codifying the osteopathic cranial concepts as elucidated by Dr. W.G. Sutherland, DO and endeavor to appreciate its continuity within the application and philosophy of osteopathy first described by Dr. A.T. Still, DO;
2. List and describe the five (5) phenomena of the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM) within the osteopathic cranial concept and begin to construct cogent applications of the phenomena to common clinical patient presentations.
3. Identify common craniometric anatomical regions, specific sutural, dural, and parenchymal relationships as applied within the PRM concept
4. Demonstrate osteopathic cranial manipulative skills and approaches, within a small group setting, that include diagnosis and treatment that are consistent with accepted safe practices. Said skills serve as a foundation for future growth and mastery in the efficacious application of the osteopathy in the cranial field; and
5. Demonstrate, through open non intimidating Socratic methods, understanding of the cognitive osteopathic cranial concepts processes and purpose consistent with the foundational level presented at this course
|Brochure / Agenda (1.7 MB)||7 Pages||Download|
|Supplementary Material for Course Manual: Exploring Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (1.3 MB)||7 Pages||Available after Purchase|
Dr. R. Mitchell Hiserote, DO, is a graduate of Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, CA. He is board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal/ Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine from the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromuscular Medicine. He completed his post-graduate training at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA. Dr. Hiserote is currently in private practice in Sebastopol, CA and is an Associate Professor and past-Chairman of the Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Department, Vallejo, CA. He is a Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Costin Scholar. Memberships include: AOA, AAO, AAPO, and OCA. He holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field from the Osteopathic Cranial Academy.
Dr. Hruby is a graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. He is board certified in Family Medicine/OMT by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board on Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Dr. Hruby completed a traditional internship at Osteopathic Hospital of Maine, Portland, ME and was in private practice for sixteen years. He is retired as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at COMP, he continues consulting with the school’s Department of NMM/OMM on teaching, research, curriculum analysis and development, new faculty mentorships and Predoctoral OMM Fellows. He is involved with WUHS’s Interprofessional Education program, and lectures part-time in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, among others. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field from the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. His memberships include: AOA, AAO. ACOFP, OCA, OPSC.
Dr. Giusti is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences. Family Practice Residency, Downey Regional Medical Center and is Board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. She completed a Family Practice Residency and NMM/OMM +1 Year Residency at Downey Regional Medical Center. She has been Chair NMM/OMM Department, Western University of Health Sciences. She is Dept. Chair & Associate Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at COMP and has been teaching Osteopathy in the Cranial Field course since 2007. Memberships and Proficiencies: Dr. Giusti is a member of the AOA, OCA, and AAO. She holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field from the Osteopathic Cranial Academy.
Dr. Vuksich, DO, is a graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, CA. She completed a HIV Fellowship, Sonoma County Dept of Public Health, Santa Rosa, CA. She completed a Family Practice Residency, UCSF Program B, Santa Rosa, CA. She held an Osteopathic Principles and Practice Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship during her undergraduate medical education. And holds a MA, from Calif. State Univ., San Jose, CA in Biology (concentration in Molecular Genetics). She is currently working as a Family Practice Physician in Santa Rosa, CA. Her areas of emphasis are Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Memberships include: AOA, AAO, and OCA. She holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field from the Osteopathic Cranial Academy.
All attendees for the FOCF July 2022 course must be eligible for membership in the OCA to take this course.
Attendees must meet this eligibility criteria:
* Medical physicians (DO or MD) with a current unrestricted license to practice medicine in the US
* Dental physicians (DDS or DMD) with a current unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the US
* Resident physicians (DO or MD) who are under contract with an ACGME-accredited residency program
* Currently enrolled students at a US AOA-approved college of osteopathic medicine
* Medical physicians (MD) who reside and actively practice internationally, under certain conditions
* International osteopaths, under certain conditions. International DOs must meet criteria for OCA membership including membership in an OCA-recognized affiliate society.
The term “Affiliate Society” means a registry, association or other professional organization normally in the business of registering and/or setting standards for Doctors of Osteopathy or Registered Practitioners of Osteopathy in the country or province of origin of the applicant, that has been formally recognized by the OCA Board of Directors.
Among non-physician osteopaths, only those who are members of an RAS are eligible to become International Affiliate Members of the OCA. International MDs do not require an RAS for eligibility to become International Affiliate Members.
OCA Recognized Affiliate Societies
The Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Federal Office PO Box 5044
West Chatswood NSW 1515 AUSTRALIA
General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
176 Tower Bridge Rd.
London SE1 3 LU ENGLAND
Belgian Society of Osteopathy (BSO)
Avenue Charles Madoux 59
1160 Brussels BELGIUM
Medical Academy of Cranial Osteopathy (AMOC)
122 Avenue d’ Enghien
95880 Enghien-Les-Bains FRANCE
Sutherland Cranial Academy of Belgium (SCAB)
20 rue du Brocsous
B-1325 Dion Valmont BELGIUM
Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation of Australia and New Zealand (SCTF ANZ)
PO Box 355
Edgecliff, NSW 2027 AUSTRALIA
Syndicat Français Des Ostéopathes (SFDO)
9 bd du 1er Ram
10000 Troyes France
Union Fédérale de Ostéopathes de France (UFOF)
10 Boulevard de la Vectoire
Verbandes der Osteopathen Deutschlands e.V. (VOD)
(The German Osteopathic Association)
Untere Albrechtstr. 15
D-65185 Wiesbaden, Germany
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). This education program is designed to provide CME for osteopathic physicians and other health care professionals who practice OMM/OMT.
Osteopathy’s Promise to Children (OPC) designates this activity for a maximum of 40 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity. This is OMM/OMT/OPP activity and as such is part of the profession and exempt from the AOA practice gap analysis requirement.
May 9, 2022 - Update: All OPC and AAPO scholarships have been awarded. Scholarship application is closed.
Viola M. Frymann Memorial Scholarship Fund
Osteopathy’s Promise to Children offers full and partial scholarships towards the Foundations of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field July 2022 course. This scholarship is provided by the Viola M. Frymann Trust and restricted donor funds from the Viola M. Frymann Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of WesternU's Founder Dr. Philip Pumerantz. Scholarship priorities are aimed at fourth year SAAO members and RAAO members. Scholarship application period begins March 25, 2022 and awards will be given by June 1, 2022. Previous recipients of the scholarship are ineligible.
Apply in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a statement about why this course is important to your education or training. Is there a knowledge gap (clinicians don’t know something; a competence gap (clinicians don’t know how to do something); performance gap (clinicians are not doing something in practice) or something else? Include SAAO or RAAO membership details in application if applicable.
HILTON GARDEN INN San Diego Mission Valley/Stadium
3805 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123
Block of rooms are reserved for this course at a rate of $239 plus tax per night.
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