Northup Lecture: A Current Osteopathic Perspective: Or, One Advocate’s Belief

2020 Northup Lecture

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Alexander S. Nicholas, DO, FAAODist., was selected by the Academy to deliver the Thomas L. Northup Memorial lecture during the 2020 Osteopathic Medical Education Conference (OMED). His lecture presents an assessment focusing on the expressive aspects of the Biopsychosocial model (BPS) of osteopathic medicine.

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When: 12/2/2020 @ 12:00 AM to 12/1/2023 @ 12:00 AM
Registration open from: 12/2/2020 to 12/1/2023


"It was an unexpected honor to be invited to address the members of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) during the 2020 Osteopathic Medical Education Conference (OMED). I would like to thank those members of the Academy who felt I could contribute to legacy of Thomas Northup in nominating me for this privilege and I hope that I am up to the task of honoring his legacy.

In attempting to present my observations about osteopathic medicine in today's Thomas L. Northup Memorial address, I reviewed the past Northup presentations included in the Northrup Collection published by the AAO and the available Northrup speeches through the AAO website, as well as being fortunate enough to be present for many of them. In developing this lecture, I was taken by the chaotic and other stressful developments that have caused such upheaval and anxiety this year and I will touch on this in part during this presentation.

In deciding on which of the many avenues I could take based on the Northup legacy, I decided on a more historical look at the osteopathic profession from the time I first experienced it to the present day. This path has led me to elaborate upon ideas, which are historically rare for me to discuss in my normal academic duties and never before so, in such a formal address. After suffering through a number of topic possibilities, I finally elected to present an assessment focusing more on the realm of the expressive aspects of the Biopsychosocial model (BPS) of osteopathic medicine. But in a more unique view of how we, as a profession of osteopathic physicians, are affected by being DOs."

Alexander S. Nicholas, DO, FAAODist., is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). In 1976, he began teaching part-time in the OPP department of PCOM and later was hired as a full-time member as an assistant professor. He has continued to teach at PCOM ever since, and in 1987 was named Professor and Chairman of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at PCOM. In the forty-two (42) years since beginning his career, he has taught over 10,000 osteopathic medical students. During this time his has been a member of the board of governors and many committees of the AAO. In 2014, he was awarded the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor and in 2017, he was awarded the FAAO Distinguished Service Award. He has published a number of articles in scientific journals QAOA, British Medical Journal, etc., and most recently, he and his brother Evan Nicholas, DO, published the Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques, which is now in its third edition and published in seven languages. This text is used by many Americans.

Osteopathic Medical schools as well as the German American Academy of Osteopathy (DAAO) in the courses sponsored in Germany by the DGMM/MWE. Dr. Nicholas and his colleagues have been associated with the DAAO and MWE for over eighteen years. Dr. Nicholas is the honorary lifetime president of the DAAO. There is no approaching over a thousand members of the DAAO! Over the same period of time he has also taught extensively in Austria with the manual medicine college of physicians (OAMM) under the leadership of University Professor, Dr. Hans Tilscher. Dr. Nicholas continues his work with students and patients at PCOM and continues to teach osteopathic medical principles internationally.

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