Residency program directors were invited to exhibit at a residency information session during the AAO's 2019 Convocation. Directors were asked to submit a description of their residencies for the program guide, which you can download now.
ONMM programs are unique in their dedication to the study of neuromusculoskeletal disorders (NMM) and the practice of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). Completing an ACGME-accredited osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine (ONMM) program will provide a strong foundation for osteopathic evaluation of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and their treatment in outpatient and inpatient, medical, surgical, pediatric, and OBGYN patients. There is a dedication to the study of osteopathic principles and practice built into the program requirements. The intent of this specialty was to have a place of recognition and study for those interested in pursuing the primary specialty originally known as OMM. It evolved into the specialty of neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM) and is known today as Osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine (ONMM).
Understanding the Role of the AOA and ACGME in ONMM Board Certification
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) confers primary board certification in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM). When our training was through the AOA, there were two routes to board certification in NMM/OMM, via two distinct residency programs: a traditional three year program (two years dedicated to NMM/OMM and a rotating internship, either as part of the program or as a separate TRI), and the Plus One residency programs. There were also integrated programs that led to NMM/OMM certification and another primary board certification.
As our programs transition to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the name of the programs have changed from NMM/OMM to Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM). ONMM training remains the only pathway to AOBNMM board certification.
There are some distinct differences between the structure of the AOA and ACGME programs. Rather than having two distinct programs, the NMM/OMM and Plus One programs, all training options are covered by the ACGME-accredited ONMM program. Residents entering as ONMM1 entry level can expect to complete training after 24 months, and residents entering as ONMM2 entry level will complete their training after 12 months. All programs are accredited for both options but may determine if they want to accept applicants at both entry levels or just one. Everyone who completes an ACGME-accredited ONMM program will be AOBNMM board eligible. Integrated programs in the AOA have become combined programs in the ACGME. Currently, we only have one combined program.
To enter at the ONMM1 level of the program, applicants must have completed a postgraduate year in one of the following: AOA-approved rotating internship, AOA-approved preliminary internship in NMM, ACGME-accredited transitional year, ACGME-accredited family medicine (PGY-1 year), or ACGME-accredited PGY-1 year in any other program where the resident is able to obtain the rotations outlined in the ONMM Program Requirements.
To enter at the ONMM2 level of the program, applicants must complete an AOA-approved or ACGME-accredited residency program with Osteopathic Recognition. Residents also must have completed 12 months of rotations that could be applied to the ONMM program. If your training doesn’t exactly match the requirements listed, contact the programs you’re interested in. The program director has flexibility to work with you and help tailor a program based on your education and your training goals.
The AAO's annual business meeting will take place March 12 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To cast your vote for the Academy’s leaders, bring a cell phone, tablet or another mobile device with texting capabilities. The AAO will not provide paper ballots this year.
Giving Tuesday is Dec. 3, and this year we are focusing our fundraising efforts on the Nicholas S. Nicholas Fund, which provides scholarships to students wishing to attend Convocation.