OHPF Day 5

Juggling the responsibilities and opportunities of life with a dose of déjà vu, I arrived in the wee hours of the morning back at hotel for the conclusion of OHPF orientation. Though disappointed to have missed an epic day complete with art museum analysis – speaking my love language in an event that marries two seemingly unrelated concepts for enhanced learning – I was glad to be reunited with my classmates, recap the experience and set the stage for the remainder of the year.

Last hurrah of OHPF Orientation

Round table discussion was filled with gratitude for the depth and diversity of the five-day experience, encompassing everything from the location, architecture, topics and especially the presenters. In fewer than 100 hours, perspectives had been expanded to include a broader sense of the greater good and capacity for influence of physicians on the health of patients and communities outside clinical walls.

For me, most encouraging was hearing my osteopathic colleagues share the sentiment of the unique potential of our profession to be leaders in health care. There is often a question of research and evidence, data vs belief in the true value of learning, teaching, practicing and living osteopathic philosophy. As with many ideologies, there is a spectrum of intensity of application and implementation. It can be challenging to maintain consistency across all areas and phases of life. I would propose that striving for that universal application of the tenets truly serves the health of all things in a way that is inclusive across degrees, specialties and practices.

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