Osteopathic Postgraduate Training at NHRMC

Osteopathic Medicine

The mission of the osteopathic residency is continued excellence in osteopathic training while providing a source for osteopathic primary care to the people of Southeastern North Carolina. With limited opportunity for osteopathic postdoctoral training in the state, New Hanover Regional Medical Center provides an excellent source of patients and experiences for training. Our Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI) sponsors offer strong support with distance learning assistance which provides additional osteopathic didactics that are incorporated into the residency training for DO residents.

History of the Osteopathic Program

In 2004, under the leadership of Barbara Walker, DO, a program and curriculum were developed for the training of osteopathic practices and principles. The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Residency in Family Medicine and the Internal Medicine programs, in affiliation with the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine Appalachian Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution, sought and were granted American Osteopathic Association approval for the internship (PGY-1) year. In July of 2006, the Family Medicine Residency Program received full approval from the American Osteopathic Association for all three years of Family Medicine training. In 2017, our program applied for and was granted Osteopathic Recognition status with the ACGME. Osteopathic Recognition is a designation conferred by the ACGME's Osteopathic Principles Committee upon programs that demonstrate, through a formal application process, the commitment to teaching and assessing Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) at the graduate medical education level.

In July of 2011, Cecile Robes, D.O. assumed the responsibility as Director of Osteopathic Medical Education for the Family Medicine Residency. Please contact her with any questions at cecile.robes@nhrmc.org.