What makes this school unique within Osteopathy worldwide is the long research process that went into finalizing the curriculum and content. The program was literally years in the making and was the result of many conversations with numerous different authorities in the osteopathic world.
After all those conversations, years of study and practice, it was apparent that to make a real difference in turning out state of the art practitioners – and what other programs were not doing – was teaching students to think and not follow a formula, and to not be dependent on a “guru” for their answers. The best practitioners are the ones who reason and think independently and they have to be taught to do so from day 1!
One of the major problems with many osteopathic programs is that studying health science is seen as unnecessary for a good practitioner, and as a simple “necessary evil” to pass an exam. In the end, many programs end up focusing on a formula, and teaching that osteopathy is all about good hands or developing instincts, thus robbing the student of the possibility of integrating science and art.
In the OAoPO, the goal of the program is to revolutionize the way osteopathy is taught, by artfully blending modern health science with traditional osteopathic practices, with a focus on independent thinking and an abandonment of formulaic thinking. It is our goal to create superb practitioners, who are best able to help and address their patients’ individual needs. To do this, we support our students and offer them the very best resources and curriculum available. We have world-class instructors, and at the end of the program, they will not be your gurus – they will be your peers.