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Osteopathic Recognition

The Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Health System — Mankato is accredited through the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and has obtained Osteopathic Recognition. We have a rich culture of teaching osteopathic principles and practices as well as providing clinical experience for incorporating osteopathic manipulation treatment (OMT) into daily family medicine practice.

Osteopathic-designated education

All of our D.O. residents participate in our formal osteopathic-designated curriculum. Our M.D. residents have the opportunity to participate in osteopathic-focused education throughout their training and, if desired, can enroll in our formal osteopathic-designated curriculum as well.

Residents receive training in a variety of settings:

  • Ambulatory family medicine clinic - longitudinal
  • Inpatient family medicine - longitudinal
  • OMT specialty clinic (1:1 training) - longitudinal
  • Physical medicine and spine rotation
  • Hospice rotation - hospice home visit
  • Palliative medicine rotation
  • Surgery rotation
  • Mankato Marathon / New Prague Half Marathon - Osteopathic finish line
  • Home visits
  • Additional rotations as per supervising physician and resident elective

Didactic training throughout residency includes:

  • Local OMT workshops/procedures labs
  • Bimonthly didactics/case series
  • Yearly FDM module

We offer opportunities for teaching and scholarly activity within our osteopathic-designated education and have a variety of resources including OMT tables, patient teaching aids, journal memberships, and more. 

Osteopathic requirements

Residents that have graduated from an allopathic medical school will have the opportunity to participate in osteopathic-focused education throughout their residency.

To enroll in the osteopathic designated education, the following requirements must be met:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 hours of instruction in osteopathic philosophy and techniques in manipulative medicine before beginning residency. At least a portion of the hours should be formally accredited instruction (AOA, AACOM, ACOFP).
  • Include a personal statement explaining your interest in the osteopathic track.
  • Include a letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician who actively performs OMT in their practice.
  • Successfully complete an interview with a member of the osteopathic faculty.
  • Successfully complete a written exam covering osteopathic principles and practice (OPP).
  • Successfully complete the program's OMT competency performance evaluation.
  • Receive a recommendation from the local program director to participate in the osteopathic-designated education.