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The D.O. Difference. Prepared by the American Osteopathic Association. What Is a D.O.?. D.O.s are fully licensed physicians who: Prescribe medicine. Focus on preventative health care. Practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. Why Become a D.O.?. History of the profession.

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the d o difference
The D.O. Difference

Prepared by the American Osteopathic Association

what is a d o
What Is a D.O.?
  • D.O.s are fully licensed physicians who:
    • Prescribe medicine.
    • Focus on preventative health care.
    • Practice a "whole person" approach to medicine.
why become a d o
Why Become a D.O.?
  • History of the profession.
  • Osteopathic medicine today.
  • Similarities between D.O.s and M.Ds.
  • The D.O. Difference.
history of the profession
History of the Profession
  • Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O.
  • Founder of Osteopathic Medicine.
d o s have been making a difference for more than a century
D.O.s Have Been Making a Difference for More Than a Century

Col. Ronald A. Maul, D.O., M.C., U.S.A.

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O.

similarities between d o s and m ds
Similarities Between D.O.s and M.Ds.
  • Fully licensed physicians.
  • Four years of medical education.
  • Choose any specialty area.
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Pass state licensing exams.

Prescribe medication and perform surgery.

Covered by major insurance plans.

Practice in fully accredited and licensed facilities.

The Similarities Continue…
the d o difference1
The D.O. Difference
  • D.O.s practice a whole person approach to care.
  • D.O.s utilize Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT).
osteopathic manipulative treatment omt
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
  • Requires hands-on approach.
  • Enables D.O.s to treat and diagnose injuries or illnesses.
d o s treat the whole person
D.O.s Treat the Whole Person
  • D.O.s believe a person is more than just the sum of their parts.
osteopathic medicine today
Osteopathic Medicine Today
  • As of 2010, there are 30 osteopathic medical schools.
  • 63,120 D.O.s in the U.S. That is 7% of the physicians in The US!

The average osteopathic medical school applicant meets the following requirements:

contact information
Contact Information

American Osteopathic Association

142 E. Ontario St.

Chicago, IL 60611

(800) 621-1773