Programme - Virtual Intern. Student Day

17th February 2023 - Friday

09:00 - 09:15 VISD Committee Warm welcomePlay buttonYouTube logo Icon
09:15 - 10:00 Giacomo Consorti Reconceptualizing Somatic Dysfunction in the Light of a Neuroaesthetic Enactive Paradigm
Particularly when linked to patients' altered regulatory functions, palpatory findings are regarded as a key component of osteopathic practise. Although osteopathic theories for somatic dysfunction may be tenable, the concept's therapeutic usefulness is in question, particularly as it is generally associated with straightforward cause-and-effect models of osteopathic treatment. It will be discussed a conceptual and operational framework in which the somatic dysfunction evaluation process is understood as a neuroaesthetic (en)active encounter between the osteopathic clinician and patient, as opposed to a linear sort of diagnosis of a "tissue as a generator of symptoms." The framework tries to reconcile the conflict surrounding somatic dysfunction rather than discarding the idea by fusing complex reasoning informed by social and neurocognitive sciences with professional artistry therapeutic expertise influenced by traditional precepts.

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10:15 - 11:00 Raimund Engel The 7 Drivers of Change - Osteopathic Education in 21st Century Europe
Driven by growth of the profession and subsequent legal regulation in many European countries, osteopathic education has changed. Where no regulation is in place, the creation of international standards like the WHO Benchmark of training in osteopathy (2010) or the European norm for osteopathic healthcare provision (2015) have prompted many schools to raise their standards.
Areas of change that will be discussed are the new outcome-orientation of curricula, the recently introduced topics of research methodology and patient communication, recent research that is sometimes confirming but sometimes also questioning long held osteopathic beliefs and the multitude of new formats of delivery made possible through technology. Will all this cause osteopathy to lose its soul?
11:00 - 11:50 Discussion round  
11:50 - 12:50   Break
12:50 - 13:45 Jane Stark

The Chronology and Context of William Garner Sutherland’s Contribution to Osteopathy.

Most of us have been taught to think of William Garner Sutherland as the creator or developer of cranial osteopathy, (which happens to be a term that he loathed). We now associate his name with cranial lesions, the venous sinuses, the primary respiratory system, and the Still Point. If we continue to hold on to and teach this limited view of WGS’s contribution to osteopathy, we will be shortchanging ourselves, our patients, and our profession. Although the cranial concept made WGS famous, his steadfast insistence on taking the entire body into consideration is a forgotten aspect of his contribution--a point that will be emphasized throughout the presentation. With respect to his conception of the osteopathy in the cranial field, the unknown reason behind why and how he developed the first two cranial techniques (which are no longer taught but which are extremely useful) will be explained. Here’s a hint – the Great Pandemic of 1918.
Intrigued? Learn more on February 17.

14:00 - 14:45 Jason Haxton

Key Incidents that Led to Dr. A.T. Still's Ultimate Discovery of Osteopathy.

"The Enigma of Dr. A.T. Still Explained"
Learn about Dr. Still's background, medical issues and his societal choices that influenced his appearance and mannerisms.
The second part of the program focuses on an "American Idea with European Influences" Dr. William Smith, MD, DO. Smith was the Scottish MD who discovered Dr. A.T. Still.
He was the profession's first faculty and received the first diploma of osteopathy in our profession. Much of the first school's success was because of Dr. William Smith.

15:00 - 16:00 Discussion round  

We are using the Central European Time zone.
This is a live online event. Lectures will NOT be recorded.
Presentation language is English.