Our Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship has transitioned to a functionally equivalent ACGME IM Prelim year with Osteopathic Focus Track. This continues to be a flexible intern year with four elective rotations and a fully integrated osteopathic curriculum as described below, including OMT didactics, OMT clinic, and OMT hospital-consultation service. We will be accepting applicants through the NRMP match for these positions.
Since 1993, in collaboration with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine, positions fulfilling the requirements for American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Rotating Internships have been offered at Berkshire Medical Center. The AOA Rotating Internship is a flexible preliminary year structured to meet the individual needs of the trainee. AOA interns are exposed to rotations in Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Ambulatory Care, and Emergency Medicine and have the opportunity to choose, based on their interests and needs, between four electives from a variety of rotations in Surgery, Primary Care Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Psychiatry, as well as all Medical and Surgical Subspecialties.
Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) is a major teaching affiliate of University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) and in this capacity eight 3rd year medical students are assigned to train at BMC for their entire third year. AOA Rotating Interns have the opportunity to work closely with and play an integral role mentoring and teaching traditional medical as well as manipulative medical skills to these students.
BMC boasts an innovative Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM) Teaching Clinic. This program is an integral part of both undergraduate and graduate osteopathic training here at BMC. AOA rotating interns have the opportunity to participate in a ½ day per week OMM continuity clinic where they will see and treat their own patients under the supervision of a NMM/OMM trained preceptor. We also provide a weekly Osteopathic didactic series comprised of osteopathic journal club, anatomy and philosophy readings, as well as both lecture and hands-on lab to learn and practice various osteopathic techniques. In addition, we have an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine consult service for hospitalized patients where AOA rotating interns are involved in the OMM treatment of their patients at the time of consultation and follow-up.
Berkshire Medical Center AOA Rotating Internship Format
13 four week blocks:
6 Internal Medicine Wards
1 Emergency Medicine
1 Ambulatory Care/OMT Clinic
4 Elective Blocks to meet the individual needs of the Intern and may be comprised of:
1. Core Blocks in General Surgery, OB/GYN, Psychiatry, or Pediatrics
2. Medical or Surgical Specialties as available
Exposure must occur to support the disciplines of Pathology, Radiology, and Anesthesiology. This may occur directly by rotation or indirectly by formal didactic conferences and/or exposure while on medical and surgical services. If there is a specific elective integral to preparation for future training special attention will be made to assure this need is met.
CLINIC: The Osteopathic Focus Track allows Preliminary Interns to participate in a 1/2 day per week continuity clinic in our Outpatient Osteopathic Manipulation Teaching Clinic.
VACATION: 4 weeks
Stephen Kisiel, DO
Program Director, Osteopathic Focus Track
Berkshire Medical Center
Program Coordinator, Osteopathic Focus Track