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7th Open Forum Conference - “Teaching the Working Principles of Osteopathy”

The topic of OsEAN’s seventh “Open Forum for Osteopathic Education” conference which was held on 23rd & 24th September 2021 ONLINE was “Teaching the Working Principles of Osteopathy” (Historical, physiological, mechanical, philosophical, scientific ways of view). Even thou the workings principles of osteopathy are a central part of our osteopathic education many schools are still struggling to get a grip on the ‘how, why & what’ questions in explaining osteopathy. The lectures, workshops and poster presentations did their best to help with this well know issue. Sixty-five participants from Europe and Australia participated in the virtual conference. The conference continued one and a half days offering keynote speeches from Prof. Paul Vaucher on “Active communication and shared decision in osteopathic education.” (read abstract / view presentation) and Assoc. Prof. Gary Fryer on „Teaching the principles of Osteopathy in Modern Context.“ (read abstract / view presentation)
Next Open Forum Conference will be held in Antwerp, Belgium in person on 29th and 30th September 2022. The topic of the next conference is “Teaching Clinical Competencies”.

Second annual All Members Meeting, September 2021

If you want to go fast go allone If you want to go far go togetherThe second annual All Members “live” Meeting in 2021 was also held online. It was on the 22nd September 2022, the day before the 7th Open Forum for Osteopathic Education conference, “Teaching the Working Principles of Osteopathy”. The meeting was only one day long. During the meeting all important matters for OsEAN and its members were discussed such as:

May the coming new 2021 year bring health, new happiness, new goals, new achievements, and a lot of new inspirations to your life.

OsEAN wishes you wonderful holidays and a new year fully loaded with joy and happiness!

OsEAN Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2021 - May the coming new year bring health, new happiness, new goals, new achievements, and a lot of new inspirations to your life.  OsEAN wishes you wonderful holidays and a new year fully loaded with joy and happiness!

Message from our new president

Robert Muts - OsEAN's President Hello to all,

my name is Robert Muts, principal of the College of Osteopathy Sutherland in Amsterdam. Proudly re-elected as president of OsEAN, for the coming years.
I am looking forward to continue the work on cooperation between schools in Europe. Specially in the field of education, research, curriculum and delivering the best osteopaths. We already achieved a lot in the past years, such as students-exchange, International Students Day, teachers-working-groups, Open Forum, etc.

In Amsterdam I work as the principal of College of Osteopathie, Academy of Mesology (Naturopathy) and director of the Integral Medical Centre. In this centre are about 30 therapist in complementary Medicine working together with patients. It is also the home for the clinical part of our education. To stay in contact with the working field, I still practice with patients in this centre, with expertise on chronic visceral diseases.

First annual All Members Meeting, May 2021

In 2021, OsEAN held its annual All Members “live” Meetings online. It was a hybrid meeting, with some members travelling to Milano, Italy and participating in person while others, due to the pandemic, participated online. The meeting in Milano was held at the beginning of May followed by a 2 days workshop on Faculty Development. During the meeting the present members exchanged opinions on what they expected when they first join the organisation, if these expectations were met and the return of investment that the membership brought to them. Networking and learning from other’s best practice was the biggest value all schools mentioned and cherish a lot. The visibility of the schools, the international teachers exchange, as well as the student exchange and the undergoing of the audit which helped them organise the schools in a better more efficient way, were some of the other values menshioned by the members. During this meeting the idea of OsEAN’s Teachers Working Groups was born. The rest of the meeting was dedicated to the news from the members, the organisation of the Open Forum 2021 and the 2nd Virtual Student Day. The foundation “Hands with Heart” and their function was presented to the members by Jorge Aranda. The meeting ended around 18:00h for those who were present online. Those who were in person in Milano had a lovely dinner together.

New dates for our 7th Open Forum - conference

We are delighted to announce the new dates for our seventh “Open Forum for Osteopathic Education” conference, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic travell restrictions. The Open Forum will take place on 23rd & 24th September 2021 in Antwerp, Belgium. Registration is open until 19th September 2021.

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The programme of the Open Forum concentrates solely on teaching osteopathy and the “how, why & what”. This year, it features 2 keynote speeches held by Prof. Paul Vaucher from HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland with topic: Active communication and shared decision in osteopathic education. and Assoc. Prof. Gary Fryer from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia with topic: Teaching the principles of Osteopathy in Modern Context. , 12 platform presentations, 6 short workshops in 2 sessions and 13 posters.

As requested at our last conference in Lyon 2018, this year, the committee decided to include 30 min specifically dedicated to the poster presentations, briefly presenting authors and topics and allowing time for the attendees to walk around and talk to the poster presenters.