The UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth continues to lead in the field of osteopathic medicine. Back in March, BioNews Texas profiled how the school had ranked 48th out of a total 150 for osteopathic medical schools in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. Now, as part of the school’s ongoing efforts to educate both its students and the public in the important merits that osteopathic medicine plays in maintaining public health, UNTHSC will host a series of events to mark National Osteopathic Medicine Week, which takes place from April 13th through the 19th nationwide.
Known as “NOM Week” for short, the publicity campaign is designed to serve as a catalyst for bringing together the osteopathic medical profession in an effort to increase awareness of osteopathic medicine and the important work that osteopathic physicians (DOs) in communities throughout the U.S. The week of events was officially announced by Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price at this week’s City Council meeting in City Council Chambers.
The weeklong schedule of events, which are largely administrated by the student body at UNTHSC, will begin in earnest on Monday, April 14th, and include the following:
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.
As part of the effort to get the word out about the events for NOM Week, the school issued a news release to not only announce the details of the events, but also educate the public on what a DO, or doctor of osteopathic medicine, actually does. The backgrounder on a DO’s job description includes facts that many people may not be aware of, such as the fact that DOs are fully licensed physicians and are trained in the same modern diagnostic and therapeutic tools that MDs use, in spite of the fact that their approach to medicine often includes a more holistic “body-mind-spirit” methodology, known as osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). OMT is an additional tool used by DOs in the treatment of many disorders that affect the musculoskeletal system.