Osteopathic medicine is a distinctive form of medicine practiced in the United States, incorporating all of the knowledge, skills, tools and technology available to modern physicians, with the added benefits of a holistic philosophy and a system of hands-on diagnosis and treatment known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Doctors of osteopathic medicine emphasize helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.
Osteopathic physicians, also known as DOs, are licensed to practice the full scope of medicine in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other territories of the United States. They practice in all types of environments, including the military, and in all specialties, from family medicine to obstetrics to surgery to cardiology. From their first day of medical school, DOs are trained to look at the whole person, and this holistic approach to patient care means that osteopathic medical students learn how to treat the patient as a partner in the health care process.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) promotes excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and fosters innovation and quality among osteopathic colleges to improve the health of the American public.
For more detailed information about osteopathic medicine and the admissions process for applying osteopathic medical schools, please review the full Osteopathic Medical College Information Book provided by AACOM.
**This material is largely drawn from the Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, referenced and linked to above.**