Osteopathic Medical Education

Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs) or Osteopathic Physicians in the U.S. receive medical training very similar to their allopathic colleagues (MDs), but DOs are trained to offer additional perspectives. DOs and MDs both attend four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internships and residencies. Residencies are generally three to four years and prepare the physician to practice a specialty such as family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics or sports medicine. 


Unique Training for Osteopathic Physicians (DO)

In addition to the basic medicine curriculum, osteopathic medical students (OMS) are specially trained in the musculoskeletal system, giving them an enhanced understanding of the body’s nerves, muscles and bones.


DOs and MDs both pass comparable certification exams to obtain their medical licenses, and they can practice in fully accredited and licensed health care facilities.


Disclaimer: Osteopathic clinicians who received their training outside the U.S. may not have the same credentials as physicians who attended osteopathic medical schools accredited by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

News

AAO Successfully Advocates for AOBNMM Certification at COMS

In accord with the AAO's advocacy efforts in March, the finalized COCA standards recommend that OMM/OPP Department chairs should be certified by AOBNMM.

Scholar 7: A Guide to Research Development for the Osteopathic Profession

Scholar 7 is a series of online modules that will help users develop research.

Lauren J. Leslie, DO, Named 2017 Resident of the Year

Lauren J. (Hasler) Leslie, DO, of East Lansing, Michigan, was named the 2017 Resident of the Year by the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 23 during its annual Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado.