Graduate Teaching Assistant Program
GTA Program Director: David Mason, DO
GTA Coordinator: Cari McTaggart
The Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine provides a stipend-supported Clinical Research and Education Graduate Teaching Assistant Program to medical students who have completed their third year of medical school. Applicants are selected based on their academic standing, demonstration of an above average interest in osteopathic philosophy and principles, and possession of an exceptional aptitude for manipulative medicine.
The program is a continuous 52 weeks (as a 4th year occurring between the 3rd and 5th years of medical school). This adds one year to the medical school program. The program is designed to prepare future osteopathic physicians in the principles and practice of osteopathic manipulative medicine as it applies to clinical patient care, hospital patient care, didactic and laboratory instruction, and research.
The program includes a Master of Science degree program in OMM Clinical Research and Education in combination with the Doctor of Osteopathy degree.
- Develop future leaders for the osteopathic profession.
- Enhance clinical, research and teaching skills in the field of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
- Complete a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research and Education.
- Conduct scholarly work suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
- Enhance the academic profile of the medical student, thereby increasing the chance of being accepted to the residency program of choice.
Students who complete this program are well recognized for their ability to effectively diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system. GTAs receive an extra year of clinical and hospital patient care experience, compared to the traditional medical student. GTAs participate in research projects, journal clubs, philosophy discussions, and clinical didactic sessions.
The GTA is a respected member of the OMM teaching, service, and research team. The GTA participates in continuity clinic two half days a week, which is precepted by OMM faculty. They also teach in Year I and II laboratories as table trainers.