The osteopathic teaching program at Capital Region has provided excellence in training and preparation of doctors for over 50 years. In 1952, Charles E. Still Osteopathic Hospital (Capital Region is the product of a merger between Still Hospital and Memorial Community Hospital), began its teaching program welcoming medical students and interns to continue on their path to becoming physicians.
Today CRMC offers a family practice residency and in 2012 began the only Integrative Medicine Residency in Missouri.
Capital Region is committed to providing educational programs for clinical and didactic experiences for pre and postdoctoral training. Supporting the mission of the American Osteopathic Association and the Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute of Kirksville, Capital Region offers programs with clear purpose.
To advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine by promoting excellence in education, research, and the delivery of quality, cost-effective healthcare within a distinct, unified profession.
- American Osteopathic Association Mission
The Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute of Kirksville (OPTIK) is a consortium of teaching hospitals and private practitioners who have partnered with Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in pursuit of excellence in internship and residency training.
Located in the heart of Missouri, Capital Region welcomes medical students from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Health Sciences, Kansas City, Missouri to complete their clinical rotations during their 3rd and 4th years of medical school.
Rotations in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, and Family Practice are just a few of the requirements of their medical school training, which can be completed here at Capital Region.
After graduation from medical school, their first year post-graduate training is an Internship. Capital Region has trained interns since 1952. They must complete one year of rotation requirements established by the American Osteopathic Association.
In 1988 Capital Region accepted its first Family Practice resident. Since then the program has offered one-on-one guidance and the opportunity to become fully integrated into culture at Capital Region. The Family Practice residency is unopposed, giving residents a great deal of hands on experience, no need to wait in line to perform procedures.
The mission of our program is to train capable, compassionate family physicians in an environment of mutual respect based in real-world experiences. We reinforce values of ethical practice, community orientation, personal/professional balance, and lifelong learning.
We invite you come train with us at Capital Region’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Please check out our site and learn why we've earned this strong reputation.
Integrative Medicine Curriculum Added To Family Medicine Residency Program
CRMC is proud to announce that the Family Medicine Residency Program has collaborated with the highly respected University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, to provide integrative medicine curriculum for the residents.
Integrative Medicine is becoming sought after by patients who are seeking alternative and complementary approaches to prevent and treat illness. The 200-hour curriculum includes modules in Nutrition, Lifestyle and Exercise, Herbs and Supplements, Woman's Health, Pediatrics, Mind-Body Medicine, and Special Topics such as Environmental Medicine, Immunizations, and Approaches to Cancer.
This curriculum is offered to our residents and taken on a volunteer basis. It will be completed in addition to the requirements of the AOA residency. Dr. Chris Link, site supervisor, will be overseeing the resident's progress and meeting with them on a regular basis. The Medical Education Department will be coordinating this venture. Dr. Link completed a 1000-hour Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in 2009.
The University of Arizona Integrative Medicine in Residency has affiliated with 24 sites across the nation. The program has been in place for more than five years and started with 8 pilot sites - an additional 16 have adopted the Integrative Medicine in Residency Program over the last few years. Capital Region Medical Center is proud to be the first osteopathic Family Practice Medicine Residency to offer this program.