What Exposure Have You Had For Osteopathic Medicine? Essay

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What exposure have you had to osteopathic medicine? 500 words

My first exposure to osteopathic medicine came when I sat down to interview Dr. Andrew Barnosky, an Emergency Physician at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. I then shadowed Dr. Nina Censoplano for a morning round at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at C.S. Mott Children 's Hospital. As I developed an interest in emergency medicine, I shadowed Dr. Ken Bishop for nineteen hours in the Emergency Department at the Beaumont Hospital in Troy. I also interviewed Dr. Shawn M. Pertunen, a Family Practitioner who graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1990.

Through these different experiences, I realized that osteopathic medicine practiced principles that I wish to integrate into my own practice of medicine.

One aspect that stood out to me immediately, and one I greatly appreciate, is the emphasis on a holistic view of medicine and the patient. I was excited to learn about the biopsychosocial model of medicine, as it takes into account biological (or physical), psychological, and social issues when diagnosing and treating the patient. I found it to be an insightful way of acknowledging the different, but interconnected, factors that play into how a patient is going to respond to the illness and medical care.

One problem that I would run into in the allopathic field is when a patient would return to the hospital due to the fact that they simply would not follow the…

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