FORCE has emerged to improve heath and the delivery of care through the utilization of Osteopathic Medicine and its approach.


To help improve healthcare through the scientific understanding and use of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.


To support clinical Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine research and facilitate the dissemination and education of the same.


FORCE is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. It is governed by a 5-member Board of Trustees, serving a three-year term, but may be re-elected. FORCE was incorporated in February 2011.

FORCE’s purpose is to support research on the Osteopathic Approach to health and help to translate findings to patient care through educational programming offered to the resident, physician and clinical community.

Osteopathic Medicine is a distinctive form of medical care founded on the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated upon one another for good health. This philosophy was developed in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who pioneered the concept of “wellness” and recognized the importance of treating illness within the context of the whole body. While Osteopathic physicians use all of the tools of modern medicine, they incorporated a distinctive advantage through the Osteopathic Approach, offered where body, mind, and spirit is cared for in the diagnostic and treatment approach to health and well-being, offered to each patient in a personalized way.