Department Update: Family Medicine and Osteopathic Principles and Practice

November 2020

Pre-holiday greetings from the Department of Family Medicine and Osteopathic Principles and Practice! 

As our new name shows – we have big news!  The Family Medicine (FM) and Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) Departments have merged.  We are now one big academic family dedicated to the integration of osteopathy into the fundamentals of medical education. 

Our faculty is committed to teaching our next generation of osteopathic physicians' clinical skills, reasoning, humanism, osteopathic foundations and techniques, and preventive medicine.  You will find members of the department teaching in the courses we sponsor as well as every systems course in the curriculum.  FM and OPP are now divisions within the larger department. Dr. Steve Litchfield is serving as the new Division Chief for OPP and I am serving as both the FM Division Chief and Department Chair.  Dr. Crystal Martin is serving as the OPP Curricular Lead.

As with all departments, ours has had to flex significantly due to COVID-19.  By working together with the Registrar, the SIM Center, and the Anatomy Department, we have been able to divide our students into small groups and pairs to limit the spread of COVID during labs.  The result of this cooperative effort has been the maintenance of critical departmental labs such as OPP, physical exam, PEDDL, and SP without any documented COVID transmission thus far, with the added benefit of more individualized attention for each student.

In other news, hats off to our students, preceptors, faculty, and especially Dr. DiNizio and her Clin 701 OSCE team, and Lisa Steele and the team at the SIM Center.  NBOME recently released pass rates for COMLEX for the last year and PNWU students had a 97.1% first time pass rate for the COMLEX 2PE. We are second in the nation!

It’s been a unique start to a unique academic year, but our students, staff, and faculty have all risen to the occasion and demonstrated that with some resiliency, flexibility, and hard work, it's going to be a successful year as well.


John E. Moore, DO MPH FAAFP

Chair, Dept of Family Medicine and Osteopathic Principles and Practice

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Contact Information

Butler-Haney Hall
200 University Parkway
Yakima, WA 98901

Vicky Koch
Executive Assistant to the Dean