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8th Open Forum Conference - “Teaching Clinical Competencies”

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The topic of OsEAN’s eight “Open Forum for Osteopathic Education” conference which was held on 29th & 30th September 2022 in Antwerp, Belgium was “Teaching Clinical Competencies”.
The clinic is an important part in osteopathic education and clinical competencies are a core part of osteopathic training, according to the CEN-Standard for Osteopathy (CENTC414-N0086). Teaching clinical competencies includes the application of all osteopathic skills to real patients.

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The lectures, workshops and poster presentations were very well received by the seventy present participants from Europe. The conference continued one and a half days offering keynote speeches from Prof. Eyal Lederman on “Process Approach in Osteopathy.” (read abstract / view presentation) and Stephen Vogel on „Conceptualising and teaching the risk of serious vascular adverse events associated with manual therapy when treating the neck: An overview of a recent International Framework.” (read abstract / view presentation)

Welcome on Board

During OsEAN's annual General Meeting Catherine Clair from ESO (UK) was elected as a board member. We are very happy to welcome her on board.

Catherine Clair - OsEAN Board MemberCatherine graduated from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in 2005 from the CIDO - ESO pathway and has since been actively involved in various roles at the ESO for both undergraduate and international departments as well as practicing in two clinics in Kent.
Following her diploma in Osteopathy, Catherine has obtained a Masters degree in Osteopathy from the ESO as well as a Postgraduate certificate in Higher Education from the University of Greenwich and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education.

Annual All Members Meeting, May 2022

OsEAN All Members Live Meeting - Vienna, May 2022

This was OsEAN’s first in person meeting after the pandemic. The meeting took place in Vienna, Austria on the 23rd & 24th May 2022. Host was the WSO (Vienna School of Osteopathy). Main topics of this meeting were succession and leadership, two topics our members were highly interested in. Often osteopathic schools are reigned by one person alone which wears many heads in the structure of the school and in these cases, it is important to realise that the time will come for the principal to retire and there needs to be a plan of action in place on how to do the change smoothly. It is important to realise that when a school is led by one person only if anything happens to the principal, the school needs to continue working without major problems. Here is also important to acknowledge the role a good leader plays in the organisation of an educational institution. This led to the decision that workshops on these topics are needed. The workshop “Succession in osteopathic schools” a workshop led by Raimund Engel (WSO, Austria) and the workshop “Perspectives on leadership as principal for an osteopathy school” was led by Daniel Heed (SKOHS, Sweden).

OsEAN All Members Live Meeting Vienna, May 2022

Research Teachers Working Group

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OsEAN just longed its fifth Working Group - the one for Research Teachers. The first meeting was on 21st November 2022 at 19:00 CET. The Group has decided to meet every last Monday of an odd month. If you are a teacher at an OsEAN Member school and want to participate in this or any other of the Working Groups, send as an e-mail to let us know.

The working groups are a networking project having as aim to connect teachers of member schools with each other and give them the opportunity to exchange their experience, share thoughts and fears, hear how colleagues in the same field work in their schools in other countries and search for solutions of common challenges they face while teaching.

Annual All Members Meeting, September 2022

OsEAN All Members meeting - Sept 2022

The second annual All Members Meeting as well as the General Meeting took place in Antwerp on 28th September 2022. The meeting was only one day long because it was on the day before OsEAN's 8th Open Forum Conference dedicated to the topic of Clinical Competencies. The meetings topics were different. then last time. The members talked about the news from their schools and countries, about the upcoming Open Forum and decided on the topic of the Open Forum Conference in 2024. The exact title needs to be formulated but we can tell you already now that it would be on research and its implementation in the classroom. Further Marco Giardino from AIMO and Marco Sbarbaro from SSOI presented Fondazione PSP - Promozione della Salute e della Prevenzione (promotion of Health and prevention) how it works and what its goals are.

OsEAN's Teachers' Working Groups

The idea for OsEAN’s Teachers’ Working Groups was born 2021 by Sandra Rinne (Metropolia, Finland) and Sandra Lois (FBEO, Spain) and presented to the other members during the All Members Live Meeting in May 2021 after an evaluation of our meetings where the principals/representatives shared that they enjoy meeting each other mostly because of the exchange of new ideas, best practices and the motivation and positive energy that comes with the exchange. OsEAN is a network, and this is why, we want to offer this opportunity also to the teachers of our members schools. The groups are there to benefit the teacher and participation is free of charge.