What is Osteopathic Medicine?
As a distinct form of medical practice in the United States, osteopathic medicine provides:
What is an osteopathic physician (DO)?
A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) graduates from a U.S. college of osteopathic medicine as a fully-licensed physician who:
How are DOs educated and trained?
Before entering osteopathic medical school, aspiring DOs must earn an undergraduate degree, complete pre-medical coursework, and take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Osteopathic medical students take approximately 200 hours of training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), and study all of the typical subjects future doctors are expected to master. Upon graduation, DO students take three to ten years of specialty residency and fellowship training, complete licensing and specialty board examinations, and pursue a license to practice.
How many students are studying to be DOs?
Since 2001, the number of applicants, enrollments, and graduates from U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) has risen sharply. Represented by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the nation’s 33 COMs educate more than 26,100 future physicians—over 20 percent of all U.S. medical students—at 48 teaching locations in 31 states.
How many osteopathic physicians currently practice in the United States?
With more than 4,800 new osteopathic physicians entering the workforce each year, approximately 74,000 fully-licensed osteopathic physicians currently practice nationwide, contributing a patient-centered approach to all aspects of care.
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Graduate medical education (GME) is the formal training that medical school students complete following graduation. This training includes internship, residency, and fellowship programs. Physicians cannot begin to practice independently until they complete GME training, which takes between three and seven years (depending upon the field of specialty) and pass additional national licensure exams.
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Joseph Johnson, OMS-III, Student Government President, 2017 graduating class, LMU-DCOM
Angelo Mascia, OMS-IV, COSGP National Chair, NYITCOM
Alex Smith, OMS-IV, SOMA National President, OSU-COM
Amanda Quach, PNWU-COM
Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, OU-HCOM Dean (1993-2001) and NYITCOM Dean (2002-06)
Lorenzo Pence, DO, Senior VP, Osteopathic Accreditation, ACGME
Tyler Cymet, DO, Associate VP of Medical Education, AACOM
Adrienne White-Faines, MPA, CEO, AOA
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