Osteopathic Medicine – LewisGale Hospital Montgomery


My name is Carrie Champine. I am an
obstetrician and gynecologist, and I am located at Virginia Woman’s Health which
has two offices. One here in Blacksburg and then we have one in Radford, and we
are affiliated with LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. The difference between a doctor
of Osteopathic Medicine, and an MD or an allopathic doctor – so essentially we do
the same training in medical school. It’s a four-year degree. The first two years
are spent in the classroom and then the second two years are spent doing
rotations, and various specialties. The biggest difference in our education is
the philosophy that we are taught with. We’re taught with, you know, the human
body works as a whole and if you have a problem in one system – one body system – it can truly affect everything and so you always want to kind of look at the body
as a whole. The whole mind, body, spirit connection. We also do some additional
training and osteopathic manipulation, where we learn how to do things through
fixing muscle and the pelvis and the skeletal structure to improve balance
and to improve the body’s function. After medical school, we all do the same type
of residency. So your osteopathic doctors and your MDs will have done the same
training. And typically we’ll offer the same services upon graduation with the
exception of us offering some of this
osteopathic manipulative medicine. In clinic, we have a lot of patients that
would benefit from osteopathic manipulation. We have doctors in the area
that have actually done fellowships in this, and we send our patients to see
them. During pregnancy they can work with different aches and pains, back pain, leg
pain, pelvic pain. Same thing with our gynecologic patients – we have patients
that have chronic pelvic pain issues such as that. That stuff that we can do
in our office as DO physicians, and again we also have a group of physicians in
town that that is what they specialize in that we send our patients to. And they
have a lot of tremendous outcomes. I actually have a huge passion for
teaching, and I’m the clinical chair for OB at the Edward Via College of
Osteopathic Medicine. So when not in clinic, a lot of times I’m
over there working with the medical students teaching them about obstetrics
and gynecology, and different procedures. I work with students in two different
capacities. In the second year of medical school, I spend time over at the school
lecturing them teaching them how to do pelvic exams on plastic models, teaching
them how to do deliveries on simulators, and we also learn how to do exams on
live patients. And so that is all in the classroom setting. In the third and
fourth year, you’ll see students at my office that come to rotate and actually
start to interact with patients. Our students don’t do anything without a
physician present, and they don’t do anything without a patient’s permission
but thinking back to medical school if no one took the time to teach me, and
patients didn’t allow me in the room, I would never be the
physician I am today and so I really feel like I need to pay it forward and
I’m so thankful to the patients most of who are so receptive and allow my
students to come in. And many who have influenced many of my students to
actually choose obstetrics and gynecology because of those
relationships.

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