Preparing clinicians to diagnose and manage common musculoskeletal conditions in primary care settings
Upper extremity & pediatrics (65-80 CEU)
This Course covers upper extremity and pediatric musculoskeletal conditions commonly
seen in primary care settings.
lower extremity & inflammatory conditions (65-80 CEU)
This Course covers lower extremity and arthritic/inflammatory conditions commonly seen in primary care settings.
Spine & metabolic conditions (65-80 CEU)
This Course covers common lower extremity and arthritic/inflammatory conditions commonly seen in primary care settings.
• Full, blended course: 80 hours (65 hours online self-study + 15-hour in-person skills weekend Workshop)
• Online-only (no workshop): 65 hours
msk skills & procedures (65-80 CEU)
This course content covers the scientific underpinnings and evidence for advanced clinical skills specific to treating stable MSK conditions in primary care settings.
Online study: The scientific underpinnings and evidence for advanced clinical skills specific to treating stable MSK conditions in primary care settings.The Course also discusses the evidence for a wide range of techniques for pain management and functional rehabilitation available to primary care
In the associated Workshop (full, blended course only): a combination of demonstration and simulation is used to build skills for performing arthrocentesis, joint and trigger point injections, casting and splinting, assistive
devices use, and exercise instruction.
Specifically, the MSK Skills and Procedures Workshop covers:
1. Injections & Arthrocentesis
Evidence-based techniques for corticosteroid injections are presented emphasizing principles of safety and efficacy. Skill lab sessions provide students with time to practice every injection technique on anatomical simulator models that provide audio feedback when needle placement is accurate. Lab sessions
The casting and splinting skills lab covers basic musculoskeletal injury immobilization and management in accordance with the National Association of
Orthopaedic Technologists curriculum. Participants practice applying and removing splints and casts with coaching and feedback from experienced clinicians. Lab sessions cover:
This lab focuses on interventions aimed at increasing patients’ ability to control MSK pain, maximize function, and prevent further injury through a variety of self-management and lifestyle changes. Participants will learn to discuss, use, demonstrate, and prescribe evidence-based modalities and devices including:
OPC full program (4 courses, 260-320 CEU)
This bundle of four Courses comprises all four of our Orthopedic Primary Care Courses:
Note: There is only one skills Weekend per Course so you will need to confirm your availability for each. The weekends are held in Oakland, California.
In light of the current COVID-19 health crisis, we have postponed our clinical education Workshops until October 2020. We will publish updates on our blog.
Each Course includes:
More than half of US adults report having a musculoskeletal condition – a rate greater than those with chronic circulatory conditions. However, most primary care clinicians lack adequate preparation to effectively treat common ailments such as neck and low back pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and repetitive stress injuries.
That disparity is why JOF created our Orthopedic Primary Care program (OPC) – four separate self-paced Courses that can be taken in any order and begun at any time.
Our blended-learning Courses (80 CEUs each) combine 65 hours' self-paced online learning with a 15-hour weekend Skills Workshop. Or, you can take just the online portion (65 CEUs).
Course creators AJ Benham, DNP, and Kathleen Geier, DNP, are core faculty for the OPC program, and there are occasional presentations by select content area experts. Between them, Drs. Benham and Geier have more than 60 years of orthopedic practice and teaching experience in a variety of settings including acute care, orthopedic clinics, occupational medicine clinics, and surgery. Drs. Benham and Geier hold certifications as family nurse practitioners and also have been certified by the Orthopedic Nurses Certification Board.
JOF is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing,
Provider Number 17398, to provide continuing education.