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Notes from the Practice of Harold Goodman, D.O.

My training  Sunday, February 04, 2007

My medical studies began in the late 1970's when I entered a bookstore in Manhattan and bought a book on homeopathy. As I read it I realized that whatever this was talking about I wanted to be part of it. I wrote a letter to the National Center for Homeopathy and asked what I needed to do to become a homeopathic physician. The answer was very concise: you either get an MD or a DO degree and then go on to study and practice homeopathy.

Well, of course I knew what an MD was. These letters came after the name of anyone who was a doctor. DO? What was that? Doctor of Obesity?

The more I learned about DOs ( Doctor of Osteopathy) the more did I realize that this was the path for me. It would not only give me a complete medical and surgical training, unlimited licensure, and the chance to enter any post-graduate training program in any specialty but also had hands-on training in diagnosing and treating with the hands, osteopathic manipulation. This was for me!

In 1987 I graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine with my DO degree. I had been admitted to several schools but chose Kirksville because it was the mother school of the profession ( founded 1892) but also offered the most traditional training. While at Kirksville I was awarded a fellowship to specialize in Osteopathic Manipulation. I worked in their clinic, taught osteopathy, and received a lot of personal guidance from some wonderful practitioners of osteopathy.

In 1988 I finished a year long internship at South Bend Osteopathic Hospital. During that year I delivered babies, participated in surgery, and spent months taking care of patients in the internal medicine division. I then came to Washington,DC where in 1991 I completed a residency at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

That same year I went into private practice in Maryland. In addition, I am licensed by the Maryland Medical Board as a Medical Acupuncturist having received training from the UCLA physician acupuncture program. For many years I have been an active member of the Maryland Society of Medical Acupuncture.

I have been studying and practicing classical homeopathy since 1991. I completed courses with two of the most eminent teachers in this field, Paul Herscu and Andre Saine. I went to Canada 24 days a year for three years and completed the certification course and passed the exam to be certified as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy. Homeopathy is an integral part of my practice. I use it with many of my patients and believe that it is one of the most powerful forms of treatment available.

However, osteopathy is my central practice. I have had the good fortune over the past 25+ years to be trained by some of the greatest osteopaths including Rollin Becker, Jim Jealous, Alan Becker, Rachel Brooks, and most of all, Robert Fulford, who was my friend and teacher for ten years.

Several years ago I was honored by being admitted into the New England Osteopathic Study Group ( Andrew Still Sutherland Study Group). This group of about 15 doctors has been meeting several times a year for over 20 years. They were taught by Anne Wales,DO, a student of William Garner Sutherland,DO, the discoverer of osteopathy in the cranial field. The purpose of the group is to train teachers of osteopathy. I have learned so much from these people.

In addition, I have been involved in teaching and lecturing for osteopathic groups since the late 1980's. Over the last few years my teaching has centered on instructing physicians in osteopathic diagnosis and treatment. In June, 2007 I shall be giving the Sutherland Memorial Lecture at the annual conference of the Cranial Academy. This is the organization of physicians who specialize in osteopathy in the cranial field. At the time of this writing I am still stunned that I was selected for this presentation. It is truly a great honor and one that I never even considered my peers might offer me.

I have many other interests and training. In future posts I shall explore some of them, too. In addition, I hope to discuss my personal experiences as a physician and spiritual pilgrim on this and my other blog www.learnetarium.com.


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