Residents in the community will have the opportunity to relieve some of their ailments through the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine\u2019s (WVSOM) annual OMM Clinic.\r\n\r\nThe Student Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Clinic, held annually since 1995, is a service where residents can receive musculoskeletal treatment techniques while second-year students hone their skills in osteopathic medicine. The clinic is an educational atmosphere where students incorporate hands-on techniques that they have learned in Osteopathic Principles and Practice classes and labs in medical school.\r\n\r\nThe clinic is open every Wednesday afternoon beginning Jan. 14 and ending Mar. 18.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Student OMM Clinic is a great opportunity for the students to learn, and for the people in the community to undergo osteopathic evaluation and treatment without cost,\u201d said Deborah Schmidt, D.O., the clinic\u2019s faculty coordinator. \u201cWe\u2019ve had many people come in on referrals from their physicians with musculoskeletal complaints that they\u2019ve had for many years and those complaints have been successfully treated in the student clinic.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe clinic will be separated into two, five-week block sessions to allow for more patients to be seen throughout the 10-week course. During clinic time, students are under the supervision of local osteopathic physicians. Schmidt said the student clinic exposure is unique and helps prepare second-year students who are about to begin rotations in hospitals and clinics for their third year.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhen the students go on their third-year rotations they have proven to be excellent at patient communication and information collecting, as well as osteopathic treatment. Our students really stand out in their third- and fourth-years because of it,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nThere is still time for community members interested in participating to schedule an appointment. A written referral from a physician, physician\u2019s assistant or nurse practitioner is needed. A variety of ages and health conditions are ideal, though patients cannot participate in the clinic who have active workers\u2019 compensation claims or litigation cases.\r\n\r\nTo schedule a free appointment, call 304-793-6823.