What Is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine?

A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) is a fully licensed physician able to practice across medical specialties

Osteopathic medicine is a system of medical care that was developed in the 1800s. A doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) is trained to consider the whole person in the treatment of the patient.


A doctor of osteopathic medicine looks at the best way to promote the body’s ability to heal itself.


Doctors of osteopathic medicine start their first day of medical school looking at the whole person as more than a combination of organs and systems. Along with standard medical training, DOs take an additional 200 hours of training in osteopathic manipulative medicine. These hands-on techniques help alleviate pain and restore motion.

More than one third of DOs go into primary care as their field of practice. It is the mission of osteopathic medicine to produce primary care physicians who develop a strong relationship with their patients.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are committed to:

  • Treating the whole person.
  • Supporting the body’s natural healing ability.
  • Partnering with you and showing you how to improve your health.
  • Looking at all aspects of a person — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
  • Preventing diseases.
  • Prescribing pharmaceutical drugs only when absolutely necessary.
Doctors of osteopathic medicine put the patient’s well being and whole health of the individual first in their practice.

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