Osteopathic Recognition

The UMKC Family Medicine Residency Program received Osteopathic Recognition from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2016, and now offers an Osteopathic Focus Track. Ours is the first residency program in Missouri to achieve Osteopathic Recognition. KCUMB is our affiliated osteopathic post-doctoral training institution.

The Osteopathic Focus track is a longitudinal curriculum open to all DOs, and to MDs who have completed training in OMT and osteopathic principles. Our program is partnering with KCUMB to create a month-long program to allow interested MDs to choose the Osteopathic Focus track.

Osteopathic focus residents are expected to utilize their osteopathic skills and knowledge to diagnose and treat patients in the clinics and hospital. Osteopathic Focus residents are scheduled an average of once a month to staff the OMT clinic. OMT tables are available in the Family Medicine Center for integrating OMT into family practice clinic. UMKC Family Medicine Residency has 5 osteopathic faculty who provide teaching in all settings, including outpatient clinics, inpatient services and didactic sessions. Monthly didactic sessions to enhance OMT skills are open to all interested MD and DO residents. Residents in the Osteopathic Focus Track may also participate in any of the UMKC family medicine residency program’s areas of concentration (described elsewhere).

Residents successfully completing the Osteopathic Focus Track are eligible to take examinations from either the AOBFM or the ABFM. The AOBFM certifies you in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Medical Treatment. You will not be required to take both examinations.

Plan to notify us of your interest in the Osteopathic Focus track during your interview. There is not a separate application for the Osteopathic Focus track, however, we need to enroll you in the track at the start of your residency.

Dr. Laura Hempstead
Laura Hempstead, DO
Osteopathic Focus Track Director