The Statewide Osteopathic Collaborative is a unified, statewide program providing excellent osteopathic education and curriculum at both sponsoring and academic partner programs sites: Baraboo, Eau Claire/Augusta, La Crosse, Lakeland, Madison, Waukesha, and Wausau. The Osteopathic Collaborative offers Osteopathic Designated Residents at all statewide locations the following unique educational experiences:

  • Osteopathic residents and faculty join together for quarterly OMT conferences to practice and deepen their osteopathic assessment and manipulation skills.
    • Chief rounds: Opportunity to explore the osteopathic literature, and prepare for board examinations with boards-style review. Additionally, the chiefs are available to gather input from osteopathic residents about their experiences and how their education can be further enhanced.
    • Case presentations: Residents are afforded opportunity to build skill in teaching peers, share clinical pearls, and produce scholarly work by giving a case presentation throughout their 3 years.
    • Topical Didactic: Residents benefit from didactic and hands on teaching from a diverse faculty from member programs across the state. See below for three-year rotating curriculum.
    • Billing and coding: A key to practicing OMT post-residency is being able to provide value to patients and health care organizations. Recurring training on billing and coding allows residents to leave their residency training confident to apply their skills in practice and get appropriate reimbursement.
    • Boards preparation: Annual hands-on AOBFP Boards review to ensure residents are prepared for the practical portion of the board examinations.

Member residency programs of the Osteopathic Collaborative train both osteopathic and allopathic physicians, which enhances the educational experiences and clinical care for all, including patients.

Residency programs within the Statewide Osteopathic Collaborative are among the first in the nation to receive ACGME Osteopathic Recognition, reinforcing our commitment to providing osteopathic education within the Single Accreditation System. Graduates are eligible to take both the AOBFP (osteopathic) and ABFM (allopathic) family medicine board exams


  • There is support for integration of OMM/OMT into the resident’s practice along with the other areas of medicine. Residents have opportunities to use OMT within the continuity clinic setting and may have opportunities to gain additional experience in a specialized OMT clinic.
  • Additional training in OMM/OMT presented by UW DMFCH osteopathic faculty and experienced teachers from an osteopathic medical school at four, day-long conferences annually for osteopathic residents.
  • The University of Wisconsin Residency Programs have a long history of teaching osteopathic residents. All osteopathic residency graduates have passed the osteopathic family medicine board exam.
  • Osteopathic and allopathic residents learn together in a collegial atmosphere.
  • Every program site has active osteopathic faculty and osteopathic community physicians.
  • In 2020, the AOA will stop accrediting osteopathic residency programs. Instead, osteopathic programs will be accredited by the ACGME and can apply for additional Osteopathic Recognition for the osteopathic training they provide. Our programs have already achieved Osteopathic Recognition from the ACGME based on our current osteopathic curriculum and training.
  • There will be no change to resident licensure; osteopathic residents will continue to take COMLEX.
  • Osteopathic residents will still be eligible to take the AOBFP exam.
  • Fourth year students are welcome and encouraged to do elective rotations within a Department of Family Medicine and Community Health clinic site, but it is not a requirement. Doing so will assist you in your decision-making process by having learned first-hand about the program and location. For additional information see: Electives for visiting students.
  • No. Residents match at a single program and complete their training at that location.
  • Programs do not have a specific number of spots set aside for osteopathic positions, so flexibility exists for residents to apply at programs that are best suited to their individual needs.

More Information

  • See our residency program page for specific questions, and an overview of the various locations and opportunities.

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Program Size

Currently 20+ residents statewide


“…this program really prepares us to excel as full-spectrum osteopathic family medicine physicians – I love that I have the freedom to use my osteopathic skills nearly every day, and get to practice with and learn from such amazing colleagues…”
Taryn Lawler, DO (2014 Graduate, Madison)