​​​Ten things you should know about a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy)

  1. Also known as Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Physician, Osteopath.
  2. A Doctoral degree for physicians in the United States.
  3. Dr. Andrew Taylor Still was founder of the Osteopathic profession.
  4. Osteopathic philosophy embraces the belief that: the body has an inherent ability to heal itself, there is an intimate interrelationship between structure and function, and the body is an integrated dynamic unit of function.
  5. Osteopathic physicians try to treat the patient by improving the body’s natural function.
  6. D.O. and M.D. are the only two degrees permitting licensure as medical physicians.
  7. D.O. and M.D. physicians undergo similar training, both requiring four years of training in the basic and clinical sciences.
  8. D.O. physicians receive additional training in Osteopathic Manual Manipulation.
  9. D.O.’s incorporate the philosophies of Osteopathy and the practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT).
  10. D.O. physicians are trained and licensed to practice the full spectrum of conventional medicine and surgery.