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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

Dr. Heller is a Phoenix native and was the first resident in the Midwestern University ONMM3 Residency. For the past 6 years, he has served as faculty in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department and in the ONMM3 Residency. Dr. Heller served as the Assistant Program Director for the ONMM3 Residency during the 2018-2019 academic year, and he begins his tenure as Program Director for the ONMM3 Residency in the 2019-2020 academic year. Dr. Heller’s clinical interests include osteopathic manipulative medicine, exercise, nutrition, and functional medicine. His research interests include physician burnout and OMM clinical research. He enjoys his time caring for patients in the Midwestern University OMM Specialty Clinic and Family Medicine Clinic. During his free time, Dr. Heller enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and pets.

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.


Rotation Block Schedule

NMM Required rotations:
  • Hospital (Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital 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
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

  • Neuromuscularskelatal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • OB/GYN
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Benefits & Resources

Salary & Benefits

Program2020-2021 SalaryPTO/Wellness Days

Education Fund/Allowance


Uniform Allowance


Insurance Offered

Health InsuranceEmployee Assistance Program
Dental InsuranceDisability Insurance
Vision InsuranceProfessional Liability Insurance

Paid Dues & Fees


Educational Resources

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
Program Specific
AAO Annual Convocation

Participating Sites

MVP Orthopedics and Sports Medicine – Orthopedic Surgery
One Medical Group of AZ
Center for Neurology and Spine, PC
Active Life and Pain Center
Arizona Pain Specialist

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
Tel 623.572.3854


Midwestern University OMM3 Residency
19389 N 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ  85308

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