Residency Director: Thomas Crow, DO, FAAO
Residency Coordinator: Kimberly Warfield
The residency in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth is a formal training period of two years planned and conducted for the purpose of providing advanced and concentrated training in osteopathic principles and manipulative medicine leading to board eligibility for certification by the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. The mission of this program is to provide education of the highest quality through progressive learning experiences that develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge of an osteopathic physician necessary to efficiently provide quality care. A basic foundation of academic, research, and clinical experience is included, integrating the basic medical sciences and osteopathic philosophy and principles with clinical manifestations of health and disease.
The Residency Director in conjunction with the faculty strives to achieve the following goals for the residency program:
- Provide learning experiences based on measurable objectives for the education of residents over the course of the training program.
- Promote a broad understanding of the role of neuromusculoskeletal medicine as it relates to other medical discipline.
- Integrate the sciences applicable to neuromusculoskeletal medicine with clinical experiences in a progressive manner.
- Provide the resident with progressive responsibilities commencing with patient care and progressing to complete patient management.
- Develop the teaching skills of residents in neuromusculoskeletal medicine.
- Develop the skills necessary for problem solving.
- Develop professional leadership and management skills.
- Foster lifelong learning in medical education.
- Develop interest in and understanding of research in neuromusculoskeletal medicine.
- Prepare the resident to meet certification requirements of the AOA through the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.
Residents participating in this training program shall seek to achieve the following objectives:
- Manage clinical problems based on the knowledge of basic and clinical sciences.
- Use critical thinking in making effective decisions for patient management.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the psychomotor skills required of a competent osteopathic practitioner.
- Teach basic manipulative skills to medical students, interns and other residents within the context of the residency program.
- Collaborate effectively and share knowledge with colleagues and allied healthcare professionals.
- Make sound, ethical and legal judgments in the practice of neuromusculoskeletal medicine.
- Provide cost-effective care to all patients.
- Educate patients and their families concerning health care needs.
- Participate in opportunities for continuing education to promote personal and professional growth.
- Read, interpret and participate in clinical research where appropriate.
- Participate in community and professional organizations.
The program underwent a change of “housing” in May of 2012 when application was made to AOA to move the NMM programs from Plaza Medical Center of Texas to the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Residents participate in manipulative medicine clinic at the PCC. Four different faculty precept these clinics. NMM Residents are an integral part of our academic team, teaching in Years I and II laboratories as table trainers each with their own assigned groups. Second year residents teach in Year I and third year residents teach in Year II.