Osteopathic Medicine [M3]

Location: Hawkwood College, STROUD
Duration: 4 days
Price: £1100 (non-residential) £1350 (residential*)
Entry criteria: Module 2
Next delivery: 25—28 June 2020
Leader: Lynn Haller

“My object is to make the Osteopath a philosopher and place him on the rock of reason. Then I will not have to 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

This course was formerly known as 'An Osteopathic Approach to Internal Medicine'

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.


You must have attended Module 2: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.

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 

Alternative Dates

Hawkwood College
25 - 28 June 2020 £1100 (non-residential*)
£1350 (residential)

* Residential accommodation at Hawkwood is in shared rooms, a limited number of singles are available at a supplement and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Osteopathic Practice Standards & CPD

Learning Outcomes & Assessment Criteria
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.
Student Learning
Type of LearningLearning ActivityNLH*
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

CPD Requirements: Mapping to the OPS
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