Osteopathic physicians must demonstrate the ability to effectively treat patients. They provide medical care that incorporates medical and osteopathic knowledge, patient empathy, awareness of behavioral issues, the incorporation of preventive medicine and health promotion.
Osteopathic physicians must be able to demonstrate:
4.1. an ability to analyse where the presenting problem ore complaint may mask underlying pathologies,
4.2. a knowledge of human psychology and sociology, sufficient to provide a context for clinical decision-making and patient management,
4.3. an advanced knowledge of the palpatory characteristics of normal and dysfunctional tissues in different body systems,
4.4. a well-developed level of palpatory skills for effective use in diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of treatment changes,
4.5. a broad and sophisticated range of osteopathic techniques to address the dysfunctional tissues for improving and restoring health in an individual patient,
4.6. a clear and critical treatment plan for the whole patient in an understanding of integrated patient care. This requires continuous patient management in the medical, osteopathic, psychological and social area.
4.7. an advice and expertise for preventive medical and osteopathic strategies in improving and maintaining health.