Osteopathic medicine is a patient-focused approach to health care that takes into account every aspect of the patient, including his or her physical, personal, and spiritual well-being. Developed more than 130 years ago by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, osteopathic medicine brings a unique philosophy to traditional patient care. Understanding that the body is more than just a sum of its parts, osteopathic physicians (DOs) assist the patient’s innate capacity to heal by addressing the interrelationship of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs. Osteopathic physicians are licensed to prescribe medicine and practice in all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.
While DOs and MDs have very similar educational and experience requirements, including four years of medical school and three to four years of residency, DOs are trained to emphasize whole body health. They may use a system of hands-on diagnosis and treatment called osteopathic manipulation to correct dysfunctions and relieve symptoms rather than prescribing pharmaceuticals. In addition, DOs may help patients pursue lifestyle changes to reduce recurring problems.
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AAO members who submit the most promising proposals for advancing osteopathic manipulative medicine will be given 15 to 30 minutes to outline their thoughts, demonstrate their techniques and field questions from their peers.
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