Western University of Health Sciences Institute for Medical Educators Western University of Health Sciences
Institute for Medical Educators

Osteopathic Philosophies and Principles

R Hruby
Raymond J. Hruby, DO, MS, FAAO
Faculty Liason for OPP Study and Integration
Professor and Senior Consultant

OPP for Faculty Sharepoint site

As an osteopathic medical student I quickly noticed that the only instructors who spoke to us about osteopathic principles, philosophy and practice (OPP) were the ones who taught the course that was specifically dedicated to those topics. Why didn’t the basic scientists and other clinicians who came into the classroom include OPP in their presentations? After 40 years of involvement in osteopathic medical education at all levels, sadly the situation does not seem to have changed much. Osteopathic medical students still ask the same question: why is it that the professors from the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine department are typically the only ones who attempt to integrate OPP into the general curriculum?

The answer to this question continues to elude osteopathic students and educators, but a few points seem clear:

The information on this website comes from a workshop aimed at faculty who are interested in learning more about OPP and applying it, where appropriate, to the teaching of their respective disciplines. The purpose of the workshop is to break this negative cycle of events by achieving several overall goals:

All of this will help us to achieve our ultimate goal: to assist our students to become highly qualified osteopathic physicians who can fully integrate the distinctiveness of OPP into the care of their patients. Good luck and have fun!

Osteopathic Structural Examination Demonstration

Dr. Ray Hruby. OP&P for New Faculty

Video Presentation


Osteopathic Principles and Practice for faculty (ppt file)
Osteopathic Principles and Practice for faculty (handout)