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The pandemic silver lining: preparing osteopathic learners to address healthcare needs using telehealth

Jennifer Taylor, DHEd, MPH; Amanda Wright, DO; and Michael Summers, MD
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many clinicians quickly adapted their way of practicing patient care by offering telehealth and virtual office visits while simultaneously having to minimize direct patient care. The shift in direct clinical learning opportunities provided to third- and fourth-year medical students required a shift in the educational curriculum to develop learner skills around the appropriate use of telehealth in patient care. The aim of this project was to provide exposure to students so they could learn the telemedicine equipment and best practices, and how to identify infectious diseases to improve access to care and meet the needs of the patient.

Utilizing the Four Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine as an intersectional framework for approaching sexual orientation and gender identity disclosure as a provider

Timothy L. Counce, Jr, OMS III; Amy Ko, OMS III; Anthony D. Martinez, OMS III; Jenna M. Rivera, OMS III; Carol Browne, DO; and Linda Solis, PhD
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and other (LGBTQI+) community continues to experience health inequity and unmet needs. This manuscript examines the application of the Four Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine during a patient’s self-disclosure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity to the provider, also known as coming out.
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Mini-medical school programs decrease perceived barriers of pursuing medical careers among underrepresented minority high school students

Abraham Abdulrazzak, OMS III; Andrew Chandler, OMS IV; Rosemary Lu, OMS IV; Olivia Mobarakai, OMS IV; Bryan Lebron, OMS IV; Nicholas Ingram, DO; Avni Sheth, DO; Neel Patel, DO; Shreel Parikh, DO; Rita Kumar, OMS III; Jessica Bedi, OMS III; Ndeye Kane Diaw, OMS III; Adal Abonamah, OMS III; Christine Lomiguen, MD; and Stacey L. Fanning, PhD
The percent of underrepresented minority (URM) students who apply to medical school has changed minimally in the past 40 years. Due to the lack of URM applicants, the consequent matriculation of URMs is grossly disproportionate from their percent representation of the US population. Increasing diversity among medical students and physicians has previously been identified as essential to decreasing healthcare disparities among US minorities. The objective of this study was to recognize the barriers of applying to medical school among URMs in high school.

2021 George W. Northup, DO, Medical Writing Award

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association congratulate John C. Licciardone, DO, and Robert J. Gatchel, PhD, recipients of the George W. Northup, DO, Medical Writing Award for their article, “Osteopathic Medical Care With and Without Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Pain Registry–Based Study.” Read the full article here.

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine launches inaugural issues

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (JOM) – known for 119 years as the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association – published its inaugural issue in January 2021. Learn how the osteopathic medical profession’s journal of record has been refreshed and refocused by reading the introductory Editorial from Dr. Ross Zafonte, JOM’s Editor in Chief; a Q&A with Melissa Schmidt, JOM’s Director; and an announcement from AOA President Dr. Thomas Ely and CEO Dr. Kevin Klauer.

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Scimitar syndrome

A 42 year old woman presented in December 2018 to a primary care clinic with six weeks of rhinorrhea and cough following a viral respiratory infection. She was diagnosed with acute bacterial sinusitis and treated with amoxicillin. Her evaluation included a chest radiograph notable for a curvilinear structure of the right mid- to lower lungs. Subsequent investigations included computed tomography with contrast notable for anomalous pulmonary venous drainage of the right upper, middle, and lower lobes with drainage into the inferior vena cava. An echocardiogram demonstrated normal atrial anatomy and size without pulmonary hypertension or atrial septal defect. The patient’s symptoms resolved completely following completion of 10 days of antibiotic therapy. Read more