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ATSU Continuing Education

october, 2018

25oct(oct 25)8:00 am27(oct 27)2:30 pmFounder's Day 2018Founder's Day 2018


Event Details

Find It, Fix It, and Let It Be Known

Oct. 25-27, 2018

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*23.5 AOA Category 1-A credits

  • Early-Bird | through Aug. 31, 2018: $525
  • Regular | Sept. 1-Oct. 9, 2018: $575 (EXTENDED TO OCT. 15)
  • Late/Onsite | Oct. 16-27, 2018: $600

Special Rates

  • Retired: $475
  • Internationals: $425
  • Residents: $50 per day

Cancellation Policy

  • 21+ days prior to activity start date Full tuition refund less the $50 administrative fee
  • 14-21 days prior to activity start date 50% tuition refund less the $50 administrative fee
  • 1-14 days prior to activity start date No tuition refund


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Course Description
This year’s Founder’s Day Program will expand participants’ understanding and practice of OMM. Building on Dr. Still’s advice, “Find it, fix it and leave it alone,” this conference critically looks at how we find “it,” somatic dysfunction, through detailed lectures and labs on human anatomy and by giving participants access to objective tools to evaluate different characteristics of their palpation process. In the area of “fixing it,” this conference will advance and broaden our scope of manipulative techniques for key areas of somatic dysfunction. While “and leave it alone” remains sage advice regarding once dysfunction is treated, it is critical in the 21st century to modify or add to the saying, “and let it be known.” Evidence has always been a critical part of medicine, and the tools in the 21st century provides great opportunity and responsibility for reporting the outcomes of OPP (“let it be known”). In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium, the symposium is being incorporated into this year’s Founder’s Day CME to give participants the opportunity to learn and experience how to “let it be known,” to report and disseminate outcomes from OPP.

Educational Objectives*Program subject to change.

  • Increase participant’s ability to identify somatic dysfunction by improving their ability to localize key anatomy through palpation and ultrasound
  • Develop palpation skills through the use of objective feedback given during this program
  • Discuss new approaches to treat somatic dysfunction
  • Identify how to and experience ways to disseminate outcomes from the use of osteopathic principles and practices in healthcare


Frank Willard, PhD

Professor, Anatomy and Neuroanatomy
University of New England – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Focus: spinal anatomy and the neurology of spine pain

Dr. Willard is widely published and primary editor of the ‘Basic Sciences’ section in third edition of Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine.

Review of Relevant Anatomy for Accurately Localizing and Determining Pelvic Somatic Dysfunction
Review of Relevant Anatomy for Accurately Localizing and Determining Lumbar, Thoracic and Rib Somatic Dysfunction


Associate Professor of Surgery and Division Chief, Breast Surgery Division
University of Kansas School of Medicine

Specialties: general surgery, breast surgery, breast surgical oncology
Research Focus: breast cancer-related lymphedema and novel surgical techniques

Dr. Wagner is a graduate of Kirksville R-III, Truman State University, and A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM).

“Living the Dream”: The 21st Century Osteopathic Physician


Professor and Distinguished Community Research Chair, Biomechanics
Director, Biomechanics Research Building and Center for Research in Human Movement Variability
Assistant Dean, Biomechanics and Research Development
University of Nebraska – Omaha

Research Focus: understanding variability inherent in human movement

Dr. Stergiou an international authority in the study of Nonlinear Dynamics.

Somatic Dysfunction: The Cutting Edge of Neuromusculoskeletal Research

Target Audience
Primary care physicians, family practice physicians, internal medicine physicians, and other healthcare learners who treat patients within the primary care setting.

Professional Practice Gap
Training in osteopathic manipulative medicine has been without objective measures to establish standardized, calibrated, and reproducible diagnostic and therapeutic skills. As a result, the scientific advancement of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine has been significantly hampered by the lack of reproducible palpation skills and systematically collected standardized outcomes. Strong evidence on the effectiveness and safety of interventions is a societal expectation in the 21st century, yet clinicians have difficulty in producing this evidence because there has been a deficiency in training and mentoring physicians how to participate in the scientific method within their practice of medicine.

Educational Need
Clinicians need to:

  • increase their precision and reporting of palpatory diagnostic tests
  • expand their types of osteopathic manipulative techniques available to care for their patients
  • advance their understanding and ability to systematically collect data within the clinic environment
  • learn how to disseminate clinic-based outcomes through posters and oral presentations at scientific meetings

Desired Outcomes
Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of how they currently use their hands to diagnose somatic dysfunction. Advanced anatomy presentations, anatomical dissections, and modern instrumentation such as force sensors, motion capturing and ultrasound systems will be incorporated into the course so participants can use objective feedback to improve the accuracy of their diagnostic touch with the expectation that this refinement will improve the therapeutic value of their manual skills. Keynote speakers will present the latest insights on the musculoskeletal system and a vision of where science is advancing our understanding of the neuromusculoskeletal system function and the therapeutic options for optimizing it. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn how to develop research within the clinic setting, experience how the latest systematically collected outcomes are disseminated and judged through oral and poster presentations.

Accreditation Statement

ATSU is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.

ATSU designates this program for a maximum of 23.5 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

Call the ATSU CE Office at 660-626-2232 for more information.

Evidence-Based Content: It is the policy of the ATSU to ensure that the content contained in this CME activity is valid, fair, balanced, scientifically rigorous, and free of commercial bias.

ATSU Disclosure Policy: All persons in a position to control the content of an educational activity (i.e., activity planners, CESC, presenters, faculty, authors) participating in an educational activity provided by the ATSU are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. ATSU must determine if the individual’s relationships may influence the educational content and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the commencement of the educational activity. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent individuals with relevant financial relationships from participating, but rather to provide learners information with which they can make their own judgments.

Disclosure Statement: It is the policy of the ATSU Continuing Education Department to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.  Faculty disclosures will be made in the course syllabus and/or during faculty introductions.  The audience is advised that one or more presentations in this continuing education activity may contain references of unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices.

Resolution/Mechanism of Identified Conflict of Interest: Independent sources of review include the following: All disclosures will be reviewed by the program/course directors, CE Assistant Vice President, or CE Director for identification of conflicts of interest. Reviewers, working with the program directors will document the mechanism(s) for management and resolution of the conflict of interest and final approval of the activity will be documented prior to implementation. Any of the mechanisms below can/will be used to resolve conflict of interest:

  • Peer review for valid, evidence-based content of all materials associated with an educational activity by the course/program director
  • Limit content to evidence with no recommendations
  • Introduction of a debate format with an unbiased moderator (point-counterpoint)
  • Inclusion of moderated panel discussion
  • Publication of a parallel or rebuttal article for an article that is felt to be biased
  • Limit equipment representatives to providing logistics and operation support only in procedural demonstrations
  • Divestiture of the relationship by faculty-The reviewer should be a physician or other scientist with knowledge of the specialty area being reviewed and often times the Assistant Vice President of Continuing Education will perform this first review and can then appoint an independent reviewer.-The independent reviewer is not be involved in the planning of this CME Activity and cannot have a relationship with any corporate entity supporting the CME activity.-The reviewer should have a copy of this policy and a copy of the Standards for Commercial Support to fully grasp their responsibilities as the reviewer. Off-Label or Unapproved Use of Drugs or Devices

It is the policy of the ATSU to require the disclosure of all references to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices prior to the presentation of educational content. The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain reference(s) to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.

Disclaimer: The opinions and recommendations expressed by the presenters and planners of educational content in this program are their own and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the ATSU.

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Audio, Video and Photographic Equipment: The use of audio, video and other photographic recording equipment by attendees is prohibited inside ATSU meeting rooms.

Reproduction Permission: Reproduction of written materials developed for this ATSU course is prohibited without the written permission from individual authors and ATSU.

Special Assistance: ATSU complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act §12112(a). If any participant is in need of special assistance or has any dietary restrictions, please see the CE staff at the registration desk or call 660-626-2232 for assistance.


25 (Thursday) 8:00 am - 27 (Saturday) 2:30 pm


ATSU - Kirksville campus

800 W. Jefferson, Kirksville, MO 63501


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