Cervical screening through regular Pap smears, as well as the HPV vaccine, are both incredible tools in the prevention of cervical cancer. When it comes to risk reduction for cancer development, women should be educated by their health care providers that prevention is indeed the best medicine.
When the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine announced the groundbreaking Early Entry Initial Certification (EEIC) pathway, I knew this was the direction I wanted to go.
Pursuing the now optional OMT portion of the board certification was an easy choice for me. I want my patients to know that beyond being trained in osteopathic medicine, I have gone through the process of having my skills reviewed and approved by a larger body—like any other board exam.
An estimated 9.4% of the United States (U.S.) population has diabetes and 33.9% of U.S. adults 18 years and older have prediabetes (Center for Disease Control, 2017). A missed or underutilized opportunity for treatment in this population is education and motivation to part take in physical activity.
There are some exciting things developing in osteopathic family medicine over the next few years. It is my hope that innovation, technology and the need for more family physicians across the country will inspire even more students and residents to choose osteopathic family medicine through 2030 and beyond.