Principles and scientific basis of Osteopathic Medicine

2.1.Medical knowledge:

Osteopathic Physicians are expected to demonstrate and apply knowledge of general accepted standards in medicine and in their respective specialty area. They should remain current with new developments in medicine, participate in life-long learning activities and include research.

2.2. Understanding of Osteopathic principles, diagnostic and therapeutic concepts:

Osteopathic Physicians are expected to demonstrate and apply knowledge of accepted standards in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) appropriate to their specialty. They should remain dedicated to life-long learning and developing their knowledge and skills in OMT. These concepts and principles should be applied critically and continuously to patient care.

Osteopathic physicians must be able to demonstrate:

2.2.1 a comprehensive understanding of the principles and concepts of osteopathy and how   these inform and guide rational medical and osteopathic decision-making,

2.2.2. an understanding of how osteopathic principles are expressed and translated into integrated patient care and how such approaches can be selected and modified to meet the needs of an individual patient,

2.2.3. a critical appreciation of the highly skilled sense of touch - known as palpation - which is employed in patient evaluation and treatment,

2.2.4. an ability to analyse and crosslink patient data and results of evaluation with the cross linked functions of all body systems, 2.2.5 an ability to critically integrate medical and osteopathic concepts for the needs of the patient.