Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/OMM Plus One Residency at
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Program Director: John E. Balmer, D.O., FP/OMM,
Telephone: (814) 654-7334
Our mission is to train Board Certified Physicians in the subtleties of
Osteopathic Principles and Practice. By doing this we further the Osteopathic Profession and
preserve the foundation upon which our noble profession was founded. As such our graduates will be
Clinicians, Educators and Researchers in Osteopathic Medicine to those who come after, their peers
and the community at large.
- John Balmer, D.O. FP/OMM, SCPOMM
- Stephany Esper, D.O. FP/OMM, SCPOMM
- Erik Esper, D.O. FP/OMM
Primary Clinic Site:
Medical Center with John Balmer, D.O.
- Jan Hendryx, D.O. NMM/OMM, Acupuncture
- Donald Hampton, D.O. SCPOMM
- Silvia Ferretti, D.O. PMNR
Community Hospital, Erie, PA.
- Corry Memorial Hospital, Corry, PA.
Current Call: 7am to 5pm. 2 on, 3 off - alternating every week. Weekends 2 on,
What the Neuromusculoskeletal
Medicine/OMM Plus One Program is like at LECOM:
The NMM/OMM Plus One Program
at LECOM takes a unique approach to educating its Residents. Instead of established rotations the
Residents fulfill their required specialty and subspecialty contact through a heavy emphasis on
inpatient and outpatient consultation. The program allows more time to spend on continuity of care
with both in and outpatients. This enables the Resident to trace a treatment path along the entire
year for a large number of patients. The one year program really becomes a preparation for starting
your own practice in this way. Time is also set aside for following your patients in different
settings to continue with their care ie. Surgery, Endoscopy, Radiology, and Rehab. The
Resident’s new role as an NMM specialist is integrated into their prior Residency training
throughout the year.
Acting as an inpatient consultant on Medical, Surgical,
Obstetric, Pediatric, Psychiatric, and Geriatric patients, the Resident is exposed to a large
variety of patient illnesses and types. The exposure here includes ICU consults giving the
Resident confidence and maturity in already developed OMM skills in a challenging setting.
Preoperative and Postoperative manipulation is emphasized on our surgical patients. Our
Obstetricians have made NMM/OMM consultation standard on all delivering mothers and infants.
Millcreek Community Hospital’s Psychiatry Residency enables our Residents to apply OPP
diagnostics and treatments to a very in need population. Additionally, the inpatient exposure
includes a consultation service to the Millcreek Manor, a nursing home connected to Millcreek
Community hospital. Here the Resident is exposed to an elderly population and can build skills
specific to diagnosis and treatment of the aged.
NMM/OMM Outpatient Specialist:
outpatient clinic site is Spartansburg Medical Center. This rural/underserved clinic sees a
veritable cornucopia of patients. Dr. Balmer has made it his mission to provide medical care to
this population which includes the Amish. Everything from sniffles, preventative exams,
lacerations, and pain management is seen at this office. The variety of the Residents’
exposure here could not be better.
Our secondary clinic site is at Plaza 38. Many of our
Erie based, outpatient consultations are seen here. Follow-up from the inpatient setting occurs
here. This site also boasts Millcreek Community Hospitals G.I. Fellowship. Other specialties at
the site include Acupuncture, Orthopedics and PMNR.
Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Residents are educators on all levels. On Wednesdays our Residents
teach OPP to the MSI and MSIIs at LECOM. This includes lab table training, preparing and
presenting lectures, preparing and presenting labs, writing board style test questions and
administering practical examinations to the MSI and MSIIs. The OPP faculty at LECOM is a great
resource for our Residents to develop their lecture style and effective communication skills to an
audience, large or small. The Resident education skills are also honed in the hospital. OMM
rounds are presented at Millcreek Community Hospital every Thursday. MSIII, MSIV, Interns and
Residents attend. Here our Residents review patient cases and discuss the optimum and most
efficient ways of delivering OMM to them. After brief discussions those attending are taken to
patients on the floors for direct one-on-one training and refining of skills. This prepares
students and house staff to perform OMM on their own patients under the direction of the NMM/OMM
Our research component is also through LECOM. The research
center at LECOM and Ridgeway Medical Center is in use for multiple experiments associated with
the Medical and Pharmacy College. There are multiple faculty members willing and able to assist a
Resident through the rigors of Medical Research. The NMM Resident has the opportunity to
participate in current research or engineer their own.
The education of
our Residents does not stop in these clinical situations. We have journal club twice per month.
Here we discuss various topics surrounding Osteopathic Medicine. This may include a study from a
journal, educating/researching techniques, the state of Osteopathy and its place in American
medicine, international relations. These sessions are the perfect opportunity to bounce new ideas
off the OPP Faculty.
Residents applying to our Sports Medicine, OMM,
Geriatirc FM, and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowships and Residents wanting to apply to an
OGME-2 Year (or beyond) are encouraged to submit a Residency/Fellowship
Application (on-line application) to Medical Education, Millcreek Community Hospital. A copy
of the Resident's/Fellow's board scores, transcript and at least two letters of recommendation are
to be included. To apply to any of our Internships (OGME1 Residency Positions), our
Gastroenterology Fellowship and our Geriatric Internal Medicine Fellowship, please submit an
application through ERAS (Electronic
Residency Application Services).
For More Information, Contact:
Medical Education Coordinator
Millcreek Community Hospital
5515 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509