Osteopathic Recognition

In 2016, the UConn Internal Medicine Program was granted official osteopathic recognition by the ACGME. Prior to this, the program had a “dually-accredited” ACGME/AOA program. Residents in the track will be fully integrated into the categorical internal medicine residency with additional curriculum focused on integrating the osteopathic philosophy into patient care as well as utilizing skills in osteopathic manipulative techniques. Residents will follow the same core curriculum of the residency program including General Inpatient Medicine, Ambulatory Care, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Hematology and Oncology, Geriatrics, and Continuity Clinics. During the PGY1 year, the ambulatory block will be a dedicated four week experience with an osteopathic primary care physician in the community who is also sports medicine certified and focuses on osteopathic techniques. Through affiliation with NEOMEN-OPTI, residents will have many opportunities for focused learning in osteopathic philosophy and techniques including biannual educational sessions held nearby in Massachusetts and the opportunity to present their scholarly activity at the annual research and scholarship forum in Maine. An additional educational stipend is available for those residents in the track accepted to present scholarly work at the national ACOI meeting. Graduates of the track will be eligible to sit for both ABIM and AOBIM boards.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduates of a Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) - accredited college of osteopathic medicine (COM)
  • Graduates meeting all eligibility requirements of the UConn Internal Medicine Program who are not graduates of a college of osteopathic medicine will be eligible if they are able to demonstrate a level of preparation prior to appointment including:
    • Structured basic Osteopathic Principles and Practice training prior to beginning residency
    • Prior completion of elective Osteopathic Principles and Practice rotations
    • Prior completion of Osteopathic Principles and Practice courses at a college of osteopathic medicine

Additional Information

  • Applications will be reviewed through ERAS under the categorical internal medicine program
  • Those applicants specifically interested in osteopathic recognition are encouraged to discuss this with program faculty during their interview day
  • For more information regarding the osteopathic recognition track within UConn’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, please contact the Osteopathic Recognition Track Director, Saira R. Cherian, D.O., at cherian@uchc.