Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program is accredited by both the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (www.acgme.org), and the American Osteopathic Association (www.osteopathic.org). Osteopathic match applicants are actually seeking ‘dual accreditation’ at Via Christi, meaning that upon satisfactory completion of 3 years of residency training, they may sit for board examinations offered by both the American Board of Family Medicine (www.theabfm.org) and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (www.aobfp.org). Obtaining training in an AOA-accredited program allows graduates to obtain medical licensure in states that still require AOA-approved first post-doctoral year, and to pursue careers in osteopathic medical and post-graduate education.
Via Christi Family Medicine Residency is committed to ongoing training in osteopathic principles and practice of manipulative medicine. To that end, it has established an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) specialty clinic adjacent to Via Christi Clinic, Frederic C. Chang, located near Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis. This clinic provides a way to better serve its patients by providing OMM consultative services for their allopathic colleagues, and provides opportunities for osteopathic residents to maintain and improve their OMM skills.
The clinic is staffed by residents and supervised by several osteopathic family physicians from the community who have a special interest in OMM in their private practices. In addition, a weekly osteopathic sports medicine clinic is held at Wichita State University, which is also staffed by residents and teaching faculty. Several workshops are held throughout the year specifically devoted to enhancing OMM education, including an all day workshop taught by the OMM faculty from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Both Family Practice Centers also have OMM treatment tables in the exam rooms, and residents are encouraged to incorporate osteopathic principles, structural exams and manipulative medicine in the care of their continuity patients.
Other Benefits (made possible by The Riverside Health Foundation)
- AOA & ACOFP membership dues
- Attendance at the ACOFP Annual Convention, all expenses paid
- AOBFP board certification examination during PGY3, registration is paid, 100% pass rate.
- Be graduates of an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
- Apply within one year of graduation.
- Have US citizenship, permanent Visa, or a J-1 Visa.
- Have passed COMLEX Level 1 examination.
- Meet requirements to be licensed Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (www.ksbha.org)
Applicants are encouraged to participate in the Osteopathic Match through the National Matching Service (www.natmatch.com/aoairp), however, they may pursue AOA-accredited training even if matching via the NRMP match.