UNT Health Science Center celebrates National Osteopathic Medicine Week


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The UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth is marking National Osteopathic Medicine Week April 13-19.

NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on the common goal of increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and osteopathic physicians (DOs) in communities across the nation. 

In advance of NOM Week, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price proclaimed the week during the City Council meeting in City Council Chambers on Tuesday.

Activities led by students in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine on the UNTHSC campus begin April 14:

Monday, April 14, Noon to 1 p.m.,Library foyer: Soft Tissue Clinic hosted by the Student American Association of Osteopathy and precepted by physician faculty members. Participants may experience first-hand one of the methods osteopathic medical students learn. 

Tuesday, April 15, 10 a.m., Tarrant County Commissioners Court, 100 E. Weatherford St., Fort Worth: County proclamation of NOM Week.

Tuesday, April 15, Noon to 1 p.m., Library foyer: "What is Osteopathic Medicine?" This "trivia and treats" event will test participants’ knowledge of osteopathic medicine. 

Wednesday, April 16, Noon to 1 p.m., Medical Education and Training Building, Rooms 109-111: "An Osteopathic Approach to Practicing Nephrology," presented by Daniel Richey, DO (TCOM ’06) of Fort Worth, and sponsored by the Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association.

Thursday, April 17, Noon to 1 p.m., EAD 108 (Luibel Hall): "Applying the Cultural and Traditional Beliefs of Your Patients to Osteopathic Medicine," presented by Alex Vilaythong, DO (TCOM ’08) of Fort Worth, and sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association.

Friday, April 18, Noon-1 p.m., MET 109-111: "The History of Osteopathic Medicine in Texas," Presented by Jim Froelich, DO (TCOM ’81) of Bonham, Texas, and sponsored by the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Froelich is a TOMA past president.

What is a D.O.?

  • A DO, or doctor of osteopathic medicine, is a fully licensed physician.
  • Osteopathic physicians are found in every medical specialty in the nation and are trained in the same modern diagnostic and therapeutic tools that MDs use.
  • DOs also are trained to incorporate a holistic "body-mind-spirit" approach to health care and receive advanced training in manual medicine – also called osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).
  • OMT is an additional tool used by DOs in the treatment of many disorders that affect the musculoskeletal system.
  • Many of the primary care doctors in the United States are osteopathic physicians, and many fill the health care needs of underserved and rural areas.
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