Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine use a unique whole-person approach to help prevent illness and injury.
What is a DO? Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or D.O.s, represent a distinct branch of medical practice in the United States, and are fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. The osteopathic philosophy of medicine sees and interrelated unity in all systems of the body, each working with the other to heal in times of illness. Emphasizing a whole-person approach to treatment and care, D.O.s are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well.
While primary care remains a strong focus for the osteopathic profession, D.O.s practice in all medical specialties. During medical school, all D.O.s receive additional special training in the musculoskeletal system, your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. After completing medical school, D.O.s complete internships, residencies, and fellowqships. This training lasts three to eight years and prepares them to become licensed and board-certified. By combining this knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, they offer patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine.
The profession is one of the fastest-growing segments of health care.
Osteopathic physicians focus on prevention, tuning into how a patient’s lifestyle and environment can impact their wellbeing. D.O.s strive to help you be truly healthy in mind, body and spirit—not just free of symptoms.