Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine Residency Program - SBH Health System
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Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the SBH OMM/NMM residency program. Founded in 1992, our program is fully accredited by the AOA. We are approved for 12 spots, and currently have 6 funded slots. It is located in the heart of Bronx, New York and as such provides intensive inner-city training. Our faculty provides a wide range of expertise including treatment of the hospitalized patient and multiple types of injection treatments. Program director Hugh Ettlinger, DO, FAAO, has been present since the program’s inception. He provides a valuable perspective rich in osteopathic tradition as he presents teachings from his mentor, Anne Wales, DO, student of William Sutherland, DO.

At SBH Health System, residents learn to work with patient types ranging from medical and surgical to pediatric and post-partum mothers. Time is spent equally between the hospital and outpatient settings. While direct guidance and supervision is provided by the faculty, residents are also given the autonomy to develop their own treatment plan. Weekly readings and journal clubs provide a solid didactic experience, and weekly labs ensure continuous learning throughout the residency program.

As a visiting student or resident, you will be included as part of the team. You will be assigned a resident to work with every week and will assist in seeing patients both in the clinic and on the hospital floors. You will participate in the weekly didactics and labs, and will receive feedback directly from residents as well as attending physicians.

The goal for visiting students is to provide a training that will allow you to feel more comfortable using osteopathic diagnosis and treatment in the approach to and treatment of patients. Although the residency is designed to train specialists, the student rotation is designed to give the student a broad experience and useful tools, regardless of what medical specialty you enter. Osteopathic evaluation can be quite useful and easily performed in the emergency department, on surgical patients, in obstetrics, pediatrics and medicine, or in any setting you may find yourself in the future. Through your rotation at SBH, you will learn to appreciate the role somatic dysfunction plays in the pathophysiology of a broad variety of disease processes, as well as how to use the osteopathic structural exam to assist in patient evaluation. You will also participate in the design and implementation of an osteopathic treatment plan to support the patient as they recover from their illness. The degree and level at which you participate in the treatment will depend on the skills and experience you have, your comfort level, and the comfort level of the department.

We encourage you to check out the program for yourself. We will be happy to work with you to schedule a visit and we look forward to hearing from you.

The goal of the SBH Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Residency Program is to train well-rounded osteopathic physicians to provide care to the community and to become leaders and teachers within the specialty of osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Residents spend an average of five half days per week in continuity clinics. Patients of all ages are seen for a variety of conditions. Resident responsibilities include initial evaluation and treatment of patients, documentation using electronic medical records, CPT coding, and patient education and referral to appropriate specialists. Direct supervision is provided by the three faculty members, each of whom offers a unique perspective and approach to patient care.

The remainder of the day is spent in the hospital on inpatient consultation service. Types of patients seen in hospital include:

  • General medical
  • Intensive care unit
  • General surgical
  • Trauma
  • Orthopedics
  • Obstetrics
  • Newborn nursery
  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency department
  • Nursing home

Didactics are integrated as part of the daily schedule and include presentations in anatomy, research studies related to osteopathy, journal club, and discussions covering a variety of osteopathic texts. All presentations are led by residents and supervised by faculty.

Elective time is offered to residents as an opportunity to gain further training in medical specialties such as neurology, radiology, rheumatology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. It is also a chance to gain further experience in manual medicine by rotating with specialists across the country. Three two-week elective slots are allotted per year.

Research is incorporated into the curriculum, as each resident is required to complete a research project by the end of his or her residency. Lectures to the family medicine department and case presentations are required as well, which prepares the physician to present important clinical findings and cases to the osteopathic community and to the medical community at large.

Additional features of the program include table training the OMS-2 OMM lab at NYCOM, weekly labs led by Dr. Ettlinger, attendance at the annual AAO Convocation, and opportunities to attend conferences of the resident’s choosing. Prospective residents are strongly encouraged to arrange an elective rotation in the department to gain a better understanding of the program, and to see if it is the right fit for them.

To learn more, please view the current residency manual as well as the St. Barnabas salary and benefits information. To schedule an elective rotation, please call 718-960-9000 x2261 or e-mail ommchief@gmail.com.

All conditions of employment including compensation and benefits are negotiated with the Committee of Interns and Resident SEIU; which represents all interns, residents and fellows.

• Professional liability coverage for all activities that are approved components of the resident program
• Medical and dental insurance
• Disability insurance
• Prescription drug plan
• Uniforms
• Reduced parking rates
• Vacation: 20 days
• Stipend: $650
• Sick days: 1 day per month in the first year and twelve per year thereafter
• Salary: Commensurate with post-graduate year as stipulated in the CIR Collective Bargaining