Partnership agreement for an International Mobility Program for osteopathy students in the fields of education and research
The Institut d’Enseignement de l’Ostéopathie du Québec (IEOQ) and the Institut d’Ostéopathie de Rennes-Bretagne (IO-RB) have concluded a partnership agreement for an International Mobility Program for osteopathy students in the fields of education and research. The development of common pedagogical contents, the development of a student mobility program, the elaboration of collaborative research projects and the achievement of a double diploma are targeted by this international program.
The development of an international program for osteopathy students will allow them to obtain the diploma of the partner institute, through a VAE (Validation of Acquired Experience) process, in accordance with the decree of December 2014 regulating osteopathy training in France.The challenge is twofold : to facilitate the installation of French osteopaths in Quebec - a region well known for its living environment - and to accredit the profession in a country where osteopathy is on the road to being recognized. The objective is also to promote collaborations with teachers and researchers working in partner institutes for the development of osteopathic research.
For the students, this international mobility program between IEOQ and IO-RB is an opportunity to develop new skills, to open up to new learning experiences, to discover another culture, to build a future network and to gain international experience in osteopathy. For the institutes and their teachers, the objective is to acquire new pedagogical orientations, to share good teaching practices and to strengthen their professional practice.
The International department : to promote research and educational collaboration in Osteopathy
The International department of the Institute of Osteopathy Rennes-Bretagne, initiated in 2020, aims at promoting exchanges and collaborations in the field of Research and Education in Osteopathy.
This innovative department is structured into two divisions, one on Research and one on Education :
Regarding the Research division, the aim is to promote collaborative work with practitioners and researchers involved in institutes or research laboratories in Osteopathy in order to identify common research projects and to develop new methodological approaches. In that respect, the Research division mainly focuses on two areas; Applied Biomechanics and Osteopathic Education. Additional informations on https://www.osteo-rennes.fr/publications.php
Regarding the Education division, this mobility program is an opportunity to develop new skills, to open up new learning experiences, to discover other cultures, to build a future network and to gain international experience in osteopathy. For students, an exchange mobility program has been initiated in order to develop new skills, new learning experiences, to discover other cultures, to build a future network and to gain an international experience in osteopathy. Students can take part in short stays (1 or 2 weeks) in educational or healthcare institutes. IO-RB also welcomes international students.
For the educational staff, the aim is to discover new educational methods, to share successful teaching and research practices, to build new professional networks and to strengthen their professional practice.
For example, a partnership has been initiated since 2018 with the Danang Hospital for Women and Children in Vietnam. Hence, students close to graduation and teachers of osteopathy from the Institute have been invited in the hospital rehabilitation department to offer osteopathic consultations.
Thus, the International department oversees:
- The incoming and outgoing mobility of students and teaching staff to foreign institutes.
- The students and lecturers’ mobility to national and international conferences.
- The research projects conducted on the different axes of the Research section but also transversally between the two, in order to offer to the Scientific Council of the IO-RB changes in the educational curiculim linked to the latest professional and scientific data.
- The writing of professional and scientific works.
The International department : A team involved in research and education in osteopathy
Marylène Bourgin, CEO, DO
Marylène Bourgin is an osteopath, General Director and founder of the Institute of Osteopathy of Rennes-Bretagne. Since the school was founded in 2010, she has been working to develop research for a better recognition of osteopathy in the medical and scientific environment.
Mathieu Ménard, PhD, DO
Mathieu Ménard is an osteopath and Associate Professor and Head of Research at the Institute of Osteopathy Rennes Bretagne in France. He also works as an Associate Researcher at the Movement, Sport and Health Sciences Laboratory - M2S lab in France. His current research interests include applied biomechanics in osteopathy, musculoskeletal modelisation and simulation of sports movements and innovative methodologies in osteopathic education.
Hakim Mhadhbi, MSc, DO
Hakim Mhadhbi is an osteopath and Associate Professor and Head of Clinical Practice at the Institut d’Ostéopathie de Rennes Bretagne in France. He completed a master’s degree in Biomechanics at the University of Reims, France. His current research interests include applied anatomy and biomechanics within osteopathic practice and the teaching of clinical reasoning using gamification and simulation.
Julie Lardière is head of communication at IO-RB. Her mission is to promote the international partnerships and also to valorize educational and research projects to make them more accessible to the public. She is also an essential contributor to the planning of events related to the advancement of research and teaching in osteopathy at IO-RB.