Manual Medicine CME Series
The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine since its inception has had a mission devoted to undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education.
The first formal continuing education course in manual medicine was held in 1973 for the combined faculties of the Department of Biomechanics and the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Fred L. Mitchell, Sr., D.O., F.A.A.O. provided a five day tutorial on Muscle Energy Technique. The first formal course after Dr. Mitchell died was offered in 1974, again on Muscle Energy Technique, with the faculty of Fred L. Mitchell Jr., D.O., F.A.A.O. and Philip E. Greenman, D.O., F.A.A.O.
The current Manual Medicine Series was the result of a meeting of the North American Academy of Manipulative Medicine in 1977. At that time the organization was limited to MD physicians. John Mennell, M.D. arranged to invite Paul Kimberly, D.O., F.A.A.O. and Philip E. Greenman, D.O., F.A.A.O. to attend the meeting and meet with the board of directors of MAAMM. The objective was to expand the educational offerings for the NAMM membership by including DO physicians as members and faculty, both of which occurred at the meeting. Dr. Mennell felt that Michigan State University would be the best venue for such courses because of both a DO and MD school at the university. While returning from providing a course for German physicians at Grand Canary Island, Drs. Kimberly and Greenman developed the outline for the first Principles of Manual Medicine course that was offered in August 1978 at Michigan State University. The faculty were Philip E Greenman, D.O., Chairman, Paul Kimberly, D.O., Myron Beal, D.O., John Bourdillon, M.D., and John Mennell, M.D. The course was accredited by both the M.D. and D.O. professions.
Additional courses were developed including Muscle Energy Technique Level 1 and 2, High Velocity Low Amplitude Technique, Functional Technique, Craniosacral Technique Level 1 and 2, Exercise Prescription, Extremity Technique, and Myofascial Release Technique. The Principles of Manual Medicine became the prerequisite for the advanced courses.
In 1982 a physical therapist sponsored by an osteopathic physician requested admission to the Principles course and was admitted as a trial. He performed very well and subsequently became a member of the CME teaching staff. Following that course Dr. Mennell said that “we might never educate enough physicians in manual medicine so let us train physiotherapists.” Despite some professional concerns physical therapists were admitted and have successfully attended since.
The Manual Medicine CME series has attracted registrants from throughout the world including Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea. The series is recognized worldwide as the “Gold Standard” of Manual Medicine continuing medical education.
--Philip E. Greenman, D.O., F.A.A.O.