GA-PCOM Dean and Chief Academic Officer H. William Craver III, DO, discussed the clinical and academic philosophies of osteopathic medicine during a recent radio show appearance.
H. William Craver III, DO, was recently featured on the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) “Top Docs Radio” show. Dr. Craver, who is the Dean and Chief Academic Officer of Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM), was invited on the show to discuss the clinical and academic philosophies of osteopathic medicine.
Hosted by C.W. Hall, “Top Docs Radio” is a forum for conversations with leading doctors and thought leaders that airs weekly on Tuesdays at noon. On the show, Dr. Craver explained that osteopathic medicine places an emphasis on overall wellness.
“With a focus on preventive health care, DOs help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don't just fight illness, but help prevent it as well,” Dr. Craver shared.
Host C.W. Hall interviewed Dean Craver during a recent episode of the "Top Docs Radio" show.
He explained that while receiving similar medical training as allopathic doctors (MDs), DOs also learn osteopathic manipulative medicine, which teaches that structure (of the body) affects function. Students training to become doctors of osteopathic medicine learn to treat a patient beyond simply diagnosing diseases—they are taught to evaluate the entire body to maximize wellness.
Dr. Craver explained that the idea of “treating the whole person” goes back to the late 1800s with one of the founding fathers of osteopathic medicine, Andrew Taylor “AT” Still, MD. Dissatisfied with 19th century medicine, Dr. Still was one of the first to study the attributes of good health to better understand disease. His philosophy is based on the unity of all body parts and views the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health.
Listen to the full interview.
Dr. Craver paraphrased Dr. Still’s approach by explaining, “It’s about finding health. Anybody can find disease.”
The recent growth in osteopathic medicine and the number of applicants for osteopathic medical programs implies that the populous is embracing this philosophy of overall wellness, Dr. Craver believes. This is important, as many areas in the southeast are underserved, particularly lacking primary care physicians. The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree program at GA-PCOM aims to educate physicians who will remain in Georgia and the southeast following residency training, Dr. Craver said.
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, the doctor of pharmacy degree, the doctor of physical therapy degree, as well as graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.
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