The TUCSON OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL FOUNDATION'S mission is:
- Enhancing medical education
- Achievement of excellence, innovation, and caring in advancing community healthcare issues
- Sustainable support of projects, which impact the lives of many today and in the future
Established in 1986, the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation (TOMF) was created from the sale of the non-profit Tucson General Hospital to a for-profit corporation. Considered a conversion foundation, today TOMF has an endowment of over $9 million. As an independent, private operating, non-profit organization, the Foundation utilizes an endowment to provide programs and charitable services.
The Foundation's Southwestern Conference on Medicine® has the highest attendance of any continuing medical education (CME) program held annually in Southern Arizona. This event attracts hundreds of healthcare practitioners from across the United States. A smaller event, the Southwestern Conference on Medicine Fall Primary Care Update, is held in October of each year in the Conference Center at Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation.
Through these and other CME events, the Foundation encourages lifelong learning for healthcare practitioners and medical students alike. For example, videoconference clinical education courses and end of clerkship exams are held at the Foundation for medical students from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
CME for osteopathic physicians (DOs) and allopathic physicians (MDs) is not only required in order to maintain their license to practice in Arizona, but essential in providing excellence of patient care and improving the health and well-being of the community.
DOs must obtain 120 to 150 CME credits, depending on their specialty, every three years to remain members in good standing with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Unlike the American Medical Association (AMA), the AOA is legislatively empowered to approve or disapprove all medical education facilities and curricula in osteopathic medicine. The Foundation is accredited by the AOA to provide CME credit for DOs and partners with the Cleveland Clinic and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) to offer opportunities for MDs, NPs, and PAs to receive their CME credits.
Compendium Edition, Clinical Application of Counterstrain is a publication of the Foundation's Osteopathic Press. In this unique, at-a-glance presentation doctor, author, lecturer, teacher, and nationally recognized master of Counterstrain, Harmon L. Myers, DO, shares a lifetime of insight and a step-by-step approach for clinicians of all disciplines to quickly and effectively diagnose and treat much of what ails us. Also available as an eBook, it is for sale here or on Amazon.
Community Healthcare Issues
The Foundation's website, provides information about the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation. It also has a Healthy Tip of the Week on the home page and a Find A Doctor feature, making it easy to locate a local osteopathic physician. The News section is updated weekly with In Case You Missed It...TOMF Medical News Roundup.
The Something More For You blog articles offer quality, useful, and up-to-date information from healthcare professionals. Formerly a health and wellness print magazine, this blog follows suit with articles pertaining to monthly health observances, which appeal to all readers. The TOMF Facebook and Twitter pages are updated frequently with health related posts and information about current Foundation programs and activities.
Although an operating foundation (meaning it mainly funds its own programs), the Foundation provides charitable grants on a monthly basis through the Trustee Awards program. In July of 2015, Trustee Awards were increased from one thousand to one thousand five hundred dollars. These awards have been given to Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, Foundation for Cardiovascular Health, Willcox Meth Task Force, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence, Tucson OASIS, Tucson Alliance for Autism, and Valley Assistance Services to name a few. To apply for a Trustee Award, click here.
One of its most lasting contributions to the community has been startup support for the Children's Museum Tucson. In 1987, the Foundation brought together the Pima County Medical Society Auxiliary Human Adventure Center and Southwest Children's Exploratory Center to create this now successful entity. Tucson Loan Chest and Top Dog were also once programs of the Foundation that have gone on to succeed.
If you have ideas about health programs TOMF should bring to Tucson and Southern Arizona, please contact us at 520-299-4545 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We learn as much from the community as we do from professional input.
Our Conference Center is also available to rent for groups conducting workshops, seminars, and presentations to the general public and professionals alike. Contact us at 520-299-4545 or email@example.com for details and room rates.