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Un centro europeo di eccellenza per l'insegnamento dell'Osteopatia

Osteopathy is the most valued complementary medicine in Italy. As confirmed by ISTAT, the Italian national statistics institute, about 10% of the population uses complementary medicine: among the CAMs, the osteopathic profession scores the highest patient satisfaction.
Becoming an osteopath today is a great opportunity for those willing to renew their professional skills and start working in the field of traditional, non-invasive, non-pharmacological health care systems.

An essential requirement to achieve this goal lies in a high quality training and professional practice. In the absence of a national regulation, we refer to the best European standards specified by W.H.O., refraining from abbreviated or simplified training programs which do not ensure the development of safe and effective skills.

Ever since its founding, IEMO's only mission has been to affirm the value of the osteopathic profession, seeking official recognition and external accreditations for its professional training program ( see "IEMO Quality Policy", year 2008 ).
To this end, we cooperate with accredited Authorities, Agencies and Institutions so that we are officially listed among the Italian health care training institutions
( see "Annuario della Formazione in Sanità 2013", the Italian Health Care Training Yearbook 2013, under I.E.M.O.).

We are and we want to continue to be a transparent home place for Italian osteopathy, always open to assessment and improvement. On the other hand, we never wanted nor do we want to become a small 'ivory tower' refusing control, i.e. unwilling to account for our actions or refraining from a dutiful confrontation with real society.

For these reasons, the very first goal of our training program is its inclusion in the sector of the health care professions. How do we achieve this?   

  1. Through our osteopathy training courses, carried out in a scientific context and in the hospital environment, and also aimed at improving the skills of health care professionals (accreditation to provide CME);
  2. Bringing osteopathic post-high school education to perfection by conforming to the health care education criteria adopted in those European countries that we consider our models. In this perspective, the integration of our courses in the most acknowledged international experiences represents a tangible quality evidence and spurs us to constant improvements;
  3. Making medical skills available at school and bringing osteopathic knowledge into hospital wards;
  4. Spreading osteopathy as an interdisciplinary element in the health care systems, but reserving its application exclusively to properly trained, and as such to clearly identifiable professionals.

  No doubt, studying osteopathy contributes to reduce national health care expenses by promoting prevention, interdisciplinary and non-invasive care, and by limiting an excessive use of drugs.

The World Heath Organization has long favored the integration of osteopaths into national health care systems. Since 1997, IEMO provides two different osteopathic training programs in San Martino Hospital, Genova: a full-time course for undergraduates and a part-time course for professionals.


Alain Piron's interview