DERMS DO 5: A Proposed Curriculum for Dermatologic Training in 5 Osteopathic Competencies

J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2020 Aug 27. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2020.118. Online ahead of print.


Dermatology programs seeking osteopathic recognition under the new single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system are required to demonstrate osteopathic competencies within their teaching curriculum. Although the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has put forth guidelines to obtain osteopathic recognition, ambiguity lingers regarding specialty-specific content that would fulfill these requirements. To date, there are no set curriculum guidelines addressing osteopathic principles within the field of dermatology. In this article, we review the existing literature surrounding key competencies and propose a dermatology-focused educational model, "DERMS (Direct, Empathy, Restore, Mobilize, Senses) DO 5," to encourage the teaching of osteopathic competencies within GME training programs. Our proposed curriculum model addresses the 5 osteopathic care models and applications of osteopathic manipulative treatment within the realistic realm of dermatology.