On November 2, 2013, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine’s OMM department participated in a multicenter education research study investigating how students learn cervical diagnosis and muscle energy treatment. 48 first year students participated in the study. They were given a pretest, a 50-minute lab session, a post-test, and then they were filmed demonstrating what they just learned. Two weeks later, the students returned for another exam and filming session to test for retention of the material.
The OMM department at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine was selected as a participant in the study secondary to our availability of resources. Our school had a large enough 1st
year class size to draw from, an ample sized OMM department faculty, the necessary OMM lab space and facilities, and the capability to film the students in our Institute For Clinical Competence.
The study originated at A.T. Still University (ATSU)-Kirkville College of Osteopathic Medicine and was funded through a grant provided by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and ATSU. This is one of the first and largest multicenter studies to investigate student learning in the field of osteopathic medicine.