A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) professor Trish Sexton, DHEd, MS, FNAOME, ’08, associate dean of curriculum, was invited by the Association of Korean Medicine to speak with the Korean National Assembly and medical school leadership about osteopathic medical education.
Dr. Sexton’s talks focused primarily on the history and accomplishments of osteopathic medical education, including the achievement of full practice rights for doctors of osteopathic medicine and the recent alignment of osteopathic medical education with the single accreditation system.
“Korean medicine has as its main focus, traditional techniques-acupuncture, moxibustion, chuna, herbal medicine,” Dr. Sexton said. “While the education also includes physiology, pathology, etc., the diagnosis and treatment is not the same as ‘western medicine.'”
Because osteopathic medicine takes a holistic approach to healthcare, it combines elements of traditional and western medical treatment. Therefore, many Korean medical professionals are interested in expanding the scope of Korean medical training using osteopathic medicine’s evolution as a model.