The Physical Medicine Institute was established in 1999 to promote basic and clinical research, education, clinical practice and community outreach programs in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of neuromusculoskeletal disease of human beings of all ages.
To accomplish its mission goals, the PMI has identified seven strategic areas of focus:
- To foster high quality basic science research projects to investigate the mechanisms of action of Manipulative Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disease with the goal of publication in nationally peer reviewed journals.
- To foster high quality clinical outcome research projects to investigate efficacy of Manipulative Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in the prevention and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disease with the goal of publication in nationally recognized peer review journals.
- Develop a broad, universally accessible literature database pertaining to Manipulative Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in the prevention and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disease necessary to support research, education and clinical services.
- To provide education to appropriate students, physicians, researchers, community leaders and to the community as to the state of the art of clinical management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders.
- Provide state of the art clinical services to people affected by neuromusculoskeletal disorders emphasizing cost-effectiveness and clinical efficacy.
- Facilitate the development of an international, interdisciplinary taxonomy of manual medicine techniques. This is a necessary foundation for future interdisciplinary discussion and eventual consensus on certification requirements for clinical practice as well as for interpretation of research publications by separate professional disciplines.
- Develop funding support, facilities and administration independent of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.