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Midwestern University Multi-Specialty Clinic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Residency Program

Welcome to the official website for the Midwestern University Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Residency in Glendale, Arizona. If you are interested in learning about our program or are ready to submit an application, you are in the right place. Our program offers one of the largest residency faculty in the nation with a diverse skillset to help you develop proficiency in your treatment of patients and in preparation for your AOBNMM board examination. All of our residents serve as teaching clinical faculty in the university’s OMM Department as Clinical Assistant Professors. Residents are truly considered part of our close-knit osteopathic family and serve an important teaching role both academically and in the clinic and hospital settings. Our campus and clinic provide an ideal learning environment, and our library offers a large array of osteopathic resources both online and in print. Our residents are taught OMM skills by residency faculty and are taught anatomy by PhD anatomists in the university’s cadaver lab. Research opportunities are available based on resident interest. I am most proud of the friendly work environment and the diverse faculty skillset offered at our residency. I hope you will consider interviewing with our program. I am confident that you will not be disappointed.

Our Mission

The mission of MWU ONMM3 Residency is to provide residents with an additional year of training focused on the philosophy, principles and practice of Osteopathy, while instilling the highest professional standards as clinicians, scholars, and leaders in the field of Neuromusculoskeletal and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

Program Aims

  1. Trains residents for proficiency in each method of manipulative medicine, including additional approaches in Still Technique, Facilitated Position Release, Functional, Visceral, Chapman’s Reflexes and Fulford’s Percussion.
  2. Develop essential psychological and interpersonal skills necessary for effective communication with patients, family, colleagues, and other members of the healthcare team.

Program Director

Gary Gailius, DO, program director of the ONMM-3 Residency, has been working with resident and medical student education at Midwestern University and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2012. He is a graduate of MWU-AZCOM in 2009 and the NMM/OMM Residency Program at St Barnabas Hospital in 2012. His professional experience includes designing the current residency curriculum and participating as residency faculty for over 9 years. He has also been course director for the OMS-2, OMS-3, and OMS-4 osteopathic courses throughout the last 8 years. In addition, Dr. Gailius has practiced OMM at the MWU multispecialty clinic since 2012, focusing on cranial osteopathy, prolotherapy/PRP, and sports medicine. He is a member of the AOA, AAO, AOMA, AOAPRM, and Cranial Academy.

Scope of Training

  • Become proficient in each method of manipulative medicine. As recently delineated (3rd ed of Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, edited by AG Chila, 2011), these will include the traditional approaches to: Muscle Energy, Strain-Counterstrain, Myofascial Release, High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA), Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, Soft Tissue/Articulatory, and Lymphatics. Additional approaches will include contemporary approaches: Still Technique, Facilitated Position Release, Functional, Visceral, Chapman’s Reflexes and Fulford’s Percussion. This will include the enhancement of observation, palpatory & structural diagnostic and manipulative treatment skills, problem solving, and development of an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Perform a critical appraisal of medical literature and research in OMM. A publishable work will be written and submitted for review by the program faculty at end of residency training.
  • Actively participate in the hospital and OMM specialty clinic, which will include preparation of and attendance at lectures, Journal Club, case presentations, and workshops in conjunction with the AZCOM OMM Dept.
  • Develop essential psychological and interpersonal skills necessary for effective communication with patients, family, colleagues, and other members of the healthcare team.

Curriculum

Rotation Block Schedule

ROTATION DESCRIPTIONREQUIRED TIME
NMM Required rotations:
  • Inpatient hospital rotation will include a variety of Internal Medicine/General Surgery/OB/GYN and Pediatrics
4 weeks each
NMM Selective rotations (select 4):
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedic Surgery/CCC (required by program)
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Podiatry
2-4 weeks
NMM Elective rotation (select 3): Residents can select among a menu of elective activities to include:
(Locations: MWUMC: Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic, Local Physician Groups, Abrazo Arrowhead)
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ENT
  • Family Medicine
  • GI
  • Pulmonary
2-4 weeks

Core Didactics

  • OMM Focus of the Day
  • Anatomy
  • Osteopathic Principles & Practices
  • Osteopathic History
  • NMM Board Review
  • OMM Board Review
  • OMM Skills Lab
  • Other

Benefits & Resources

Salary & Benefits

Program2021-2022 SalaryPTO/Wellness Days
PGY4$70,00015/5

Education Fund/Allowance

Books $850
Conference Travel $1175

Uniform Allowance

$145

Insurance Offered

Health InsuranceEmployee Assistance Program
Dental InsuranceDisability Insurance
Vision InsuranceProfessional Liability Insurance

Paid Dues & Fees

AAO
License
In-Training

Educational Resources

MWU:
24-hour library access with professional librarian assistance
Well-being Index
MWU State-of-the-Art Simulation Center
AMA GME competency based online modules
CANVAS distance education
Behavioral Health
Scholarly/Research support
IRB/Statistician
Program Specific
AAO Annual Convocation

Participating Sites

Midwestern University Multi-Specialty Clinic
Abrazo Central Campus
Mountain Vista Medical Center
MVP Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, PC
Active Life and Pain Center
One Medical Group of AZ
Barrow Neurological Institute at St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Sun Radiology

Ombudsperson

Ombudsperson Resource 

Provides a neutral, independent, safe, and confidential resource for residents and fellows to report evidence of program non-compliance within the clinical learning.

It is important that residents and fellows demonstrate that they have utilized all available internal (program/hospital) options, resources, and mechanisms to assist in resolving any training-related concerns, before filing a complaint, unless there is a valid reason for not doing so.

Internal Resources

  • Chief Resident
  • Program Director/Program Coordinator
  • Director Medical Staff/Graduate Medical Education
  • Director Medical Education/Assistant DIO
  • Resident and Fellow Forum

The Service    

  • A private email mechanism to report concerns
  • Advocates for a fair process of review
  • Opens the lines of communication between residents, fellows, and involved parties, and escalate when appropriate
  • Requests internal inquiries to further explore reported concerns and develop a resolution

What to Expect

  • A primary goal of the Ombudsperson is to maintain confidentiality and protect the identity of all reporting party (s). However, based on the content of information obtained, it may be necessary to disclose certain aspects of the complaint to advocate for a fair process or to identify available resources for a resolution. The reporting party (s) will be notified if identifying information will be shared.
  • Original materials provided by the reporting party (s) will not be shared unless permission is granted.
  • The Ombudsperson will work with Midwestern University Sponsoring Institution – Designated Institutional Official to request an internal inquiry to further explore the concerns raised.
  • Residents can expect confirmation of receipt of their email within 2-business days.
  • Programs are required to collaboratively create an action plan to address any training-related concerns and any issues of non-compliance.
  • The program director will be required to submit an action plan with a resolution within a given timeline. Implementation of all proposed resolutions will be monitored.
  • The resident and/or fellow will be notified of outcomes from program leadership discussion and plans for resolution. 

What is not provided 

  • Any type of professional counseling or therapeutic services
  • Legal advice or involvement in legal issues
  • Involvement in resident/fellow’s performance outcomes, specifically, semi-annual evaluations, post-rotation evaluation, performance improvement plans or remediation plans
  • Judgments in ongoing disputes with residents, fellows, faculty and or hospital administration 

How to submit email communication

  • Resident/Fellow (s) name, program name and contact information of the reporting party (s)
    Anonymous emails are accepted, but the ability to respond and create dialogue is essential in this process. Residents/fellows who submit an anonymous email may still be contacted for additional information.
  • Incomplete or insufficient information may result in a delay of action or inability to adequately establish resolution of the concern. Submit a detailed summary of the issue(s).
  • Describe the steps already taken towards a resolution and list internal resources used.
    Submissions will be returned if it does not contain this information, or if the resident has not utilized all available internal(program/hospital) options, resources, and mechanisms to assist in resolving the concern.  In the case that there is a valid reason for not utilizing internal resources, the rationale must be explained in detail.
  • Submit email to: ombudsperson@midwestern.edu

Kate Jansen, PhD, Consultant Behavioral Health, Midwestern University, GME Consortium

Note: Resident/Fellows may seek to use the current Midwestern University GME Consortium Grievance Policy process based on policy guidelines and specific concerns.

Report your concerns

Ombudsperson

Future Residents

Selection criteria for all resident trainees are in compliance with American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) and Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements.

  1. Must be a graduate from an Osteopathic medical school in the United States accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) or must be a graduate from a medical school in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  2. Successfully complete an AOA or ACGME accredited residency program in another specialty.
  3. Be a member in good standing with the AOA, AAO and ACGME.
  4. Conform to the Code of Ethics of the AOA and ACGME.
  5. Eligible for appropriate AZ state licensure
  6. Submit application and documents.
    1. Personal statement
    2. Three letters of recommendation
    3. MSPE
    4. Medical school transcripts
    5. Residency Certificate
    6. Residency Summative/Final Evaluation
    7. Curriculum Vitae
    8. Comlex I, II, and III or
    9. USMLE 1, 2, and 3
    10. Milestone profile
    11. Verification of residency
    12. Photograph

To Learn More:

Pamela Nolan
pnolan@midwestern.edu
Tel 623.572.3854

Our Location

Midwestern University Multi-Specialty Clinic
19389 N 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ  85308

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