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MUSSER and VINN, Department of Family Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA USA review (46 references) the strengths of traditional osteopathic medical education.




and CONCLUSIONS: The authors identify principles that managed care organisations have identified as essential to preparing physicians to succeed in the medical marketplace and discuss the advantages of incorporating the best principles of managed care into osteopathic medical education. A strategy and outline integrating these principles into undergraduate education, proposed by the Department of Family Medicine at their Osteopathic College is presented.



Musser AE and Vinn N. Osteopathic medical education: the introduction of managed care principles into our undergraduate curriculum. J Am Osteopath Assoc 96(10): 627-30. Oct 1996.


As many Positive Health readers are aware, in the USA the professions of Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Naturopathy are considered and treated very much on a par with conventional (allopathic) medical schools. The training provided in these professions follows closely that of medical schools and payment reimbursement is provided by most insurance providers. This appears also to be happening in the UK, although the options for types of practice are obviously not as diverse yet as in America.

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