Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine

Pathway to Fellowship: Module 3


“My object is to make the Osteopath a philosopher and place him on the rock of reason. Then I will not have the worry of writing details of how to treat any organ of the human body, because he is qualified to the degree of knowing what has produced variations of all kinds in form and motion.”

A. T.  Still – Osteopathy, Research and Practice

Dr Still’s vision of osteopathy was as a complete system of medicine and he treated everything from acute infections to chronic illness. This included musculoskeletal problems as well as internal conditions affecting organs.

Over the last 140 years osteopathy has gradually lost much of this holistic approach to treatment and now focuses mainly on musculoskeletal disorders.

This course takes us back to our osteopathic roots as taught by A T Still, and reviews the osteopathic legacy of Still, Sutherland, Littlejohn and others.

This course does not cover extensive pathologies but helps us to discover how we can effectively apply the philosophy and principles of osteopathic treatment in conditions affecting our internal health.

A variety of treatment approaches for each organ system are explored as well as how our internal landscape is part of and relates to our musculoskeletal system. This course will extend both your knowledge base as well as your palpation. As we already know, a good knowledge of anatomy linked with accurate palpation is the key to diagnosis and treatment.

This course is truly holistic and will broaden and inspire your approach to clinical practice.

Course Content

  • Osteopathic philosophy and principles.
  • The organ systems of the body
  • The circulatory (vascular and lymphatic) system
  • Communication networks in the body
  • Nutritional
  • Role of Spinal Mechanics

SCCO Course Providers: All SCCO courses are run by a resident Course Director, who is an Osteopath and a member of the SCCO Faculty. Pathway courses are delivered by SCCO Faculty and may be supported by guest speakers. Short courses are usually delivered by a visiting guest lecturer.  SCCO Faculty members all hold recognised osteopathic qualifications but may not be GOSC registered osteopaths.

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Forthcoming opportunities to take Module 3: Osteopathic Medicine



What our students say about Module 3: Osteopathic Medicine

“I loved the enthusiasm of the faculty about the subjects, the high quality of the teaching and knowledge and the lovely sense of community.”

“The tutoring is fantastic, the content pitched at the right level, it stretches me but I can still take it in. Great atmosphere created by the faculty team.”

“This course has fundamentally changed my approach and treatment in practice, and now in my practice working with the internal organs blends seamlessly with treatment and understanding of the musculoskeletal system, with impressive results.”

CPD Scheme

CPD Scheme

How this course maps to the GOsC CPD Scheme

On completion of this course you should be able to:
To achieve the learning outcome you must demonstrate the ability to:
1 Use Osteopathic principles and logic to evaluate and map complex and conflicting evidence in relation to adverse health responses including the body’s multiple systems and internal organs during the evaluation of your patient, working confidently and independently; Provide a reasoned treatment and management plan for a patient that is based on your osteopathic evaluation of the individual and responsive to the patient’s needs, values and expectations. Confidently and autonomously provide osteopathic reasoning and care relating to all the major body systems including the musculo-skeletal and internal organs, for a diverse range of patients. that is underpinned by an extensive range of cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills; Take full responsibility for managing all aspects of their care, centered on their needs as a person and your duty of care as a professional.
2 Communicate your osteopathic evaluation and the proposed treatment and management plans to patients (and other stakeholders if appropriate) so that they are equipped to make informed decisions about their care. Flexibly adapt your communication skills to ensure your patients and other stakeholders are appropriately informed about all aspects of their care.
3 Use your palpation, experience and initiative to select, integrate and apply appropriate osteopathic techniques from a comprehensive range including the treatment of internal organs, in order to meet the patient’s treatment needs. Use Osteopathic logic to select from a diverse range of osteopathic techniques relating to all the major systems of the body including the musculo-skeletal and internal organs in order to construct and implement a coherent treatment plan that responds to the patient’s specific needs; Critically defend your decisions, backed by research-based evidence as appropriate.
4 Take full responsibility for planning and implementing patient management and monitoring outcomes in a manner that is reflexive and responsive to the complex and dynamic needs of the patient over time and which ensures best care. Construct, implement and monitor osteopathic management plans for your patients and adapt them in response to clinical evidence and patient needs over time.
5 Apply and reflect on using Osteopathic principles to guide you in your osteopathic practice. Apply and reflect on the variety of specialised approaches of treatment to relating to all the major systems of the body including the musculo-skeletal and the internal organs to osteopathic practice, informed by your learning experiences both taught and observed. Competently provide effective osteopathic care relating to all the major systems of the body including the musculo-skeletal and the internal organs. Reflect on the impact of your experiences on your development as an osteopath.
Type of Learning Learning Activity NLH*
Scheduled Learning Hours Lectures 12
Practical classes 12
Workshop 4
Scheduled online activities
Guided Learning Directed reading & research
Reflective portfolio development
Peer assisted learning
Independent Learning Unguided reading from defined reading list
Assessment preparation
Tutor defined project / Dissertation activity
Autonomous Learning Reading from non-specific sources
Reflection on clinical experiences 4
Placement Clinical observations

* Notional Learning Hours

OPS Theme OPS Mapping
1 2 3 4 5
Communication & Patient Partnership
Knowledge, Skill & Performance
Safety & Quality in Practice
CPD Standards
CPD activities are relevant to the full range of osteopathic practice See above mapping exercise
Objective activities have contributed to practice Peer review/Observation
Case-based discussion activity
Seek to ensure that CPD activities benefit patients Communication/Consent activity
Maintain CPD documentation Certificate of attendance/Overview document provided to student