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A record 25% of all first-year medical students in the United States are students of osteopathic medicine. Now, more than ever, medical students just like you are choosing the D.O. path.

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Why do 1 in 4 first-year medical students

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REASON # 1

To help the people who need it the most.

Many osteopathic schools have an added mission to dispatch doctors to poorer neighborhoods, towns, rural areas, and countries all over the world.


It has always been my goal to practice medicine abroad in communities that lack access to medical care.

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REASON # 2
Nicholas A. Kaup
D.O. student, Kansas City University of Medicine
and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

To see the whole picture.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine look at the patient as a whole — from their biological, psychological, social, occupational, and family background.


Osteopathic medicine encompasses what it truly means to be a physician; that is, to treat the ‘whole’ patient. I would not want to learn medicine any other way.

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REASON # 3
Rubal Kaur
D.O. student, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine

To broaden their experiences.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine prescribe medicine, perform surgery, and serve in all of the same specialty areas as allopathic doctors.


In my opinion, the osteopathic philosophy is essential to the ‘complete’ training of a doctor.

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REASON # 4
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To be part of something bigger.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine serve the community and the world — and they’ve been an integral part of health and wellness in our society for more than 140 years.


In my opinion, the osteopathic philosophy is essential to the ‘complete’ training of a doctor.

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What D.O. you want out of
your medical career?

D.O. you believe in “paying it forward” and giving back to the community?

D.O. you feel drawn to a field with a personal approach and an emphasis on community medicine and preventive care?

While many D.O.s choose to specialize, 60% choose a primary care field such as internal medicine, general practice, obstetrics / gynecology, pediatrics, and family medicine. 

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    "I'd like to make a difference as a D.O.     by becoming a primary care physician. We emphasize the patient-centered approach and preventive medicine."

    Ali Abdallah

    D.O. student, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine--New York
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    "I hope to play a small, yet collective role in the evolution of our health care system toward a more holistic, patient-centered institution."

    Heather Krasa

    MS, D.O. student, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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    "The osteopathic profession provides a true sense of community for all its members"

    Sarah Julane Wolff

    D.O. student, Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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