What is a D.O.?
There are two types of licensed physicians in the United States,M.D., which stands for Medical Doctor which is associated withAllopathic Medicine and there is D.O., which stands for Doctor ofOsteopathic Medicine. Here is an article from wikipedia explaining whata D.O. is in the United States.
OsteopathicMedicine (also known as osteopathy) is a system of medicine in the USAthat applies osteopathic philosophy, principles, and treatment tostandard biomedical care. With a strong emphasis on theinter-relationship of the body's nerves, muscles, bones and organs,Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or D.O.s, apply the philosophy oftreating the whole person (holistic approach) to the prevention,diagnosis and treatment of illness, disease and injury usingtraditional medical practice such as drugs and surgery, along withmanual and physical therapies (OMM).
Like Doctorsof Medicine (M.D.s), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) educatedin the United States are fully licensed physicians and surgeons whopractice the full scope of medicine. In most other parts of the world,D.O.s are not medically trained practitioners. Currently, there are 21accredited D.O.-granting U.S. medical schools and 125 accreditedM.D.-granting U.S. medical schools. Because of the abundance of M.D.schools, many people are more familiar with them; however, osteopathicmedicine is growing at an unprecedented rate. Many new schools areplanned to open in the coming years and existing schools have expandedenrollment to meet the increased demand for the physician workforce,particularly as baby boomers age. The majority of entering U.S.osteopathic medical students hold bachelor's degrees and some also holdmaster's (M.S., M.A.) or doctorate (Ph.D., J.D.) degrees.
M.D.and D.O.-granting U.S. medical schools have similar curricula.Generally the first two years are classroom-based, with certainprograms providing patient contact, while third and fourth yearsconsist of rotations through the different major specialties ofmedicine. Upon graduation, M.D. and D.O. physicians pursue residencytraining programs. Depending on state licensing laws, osteopathicphysicians may also be required to complete a 1 year rotatinginternship. Osteopathic physicians also have the opportunity to pursueallopathic (M.D.) residency programs; however, the converse is notallowed. Within the U.S., osteopathic physicians practice in allmedical specialties including, but not limited to, internal medicine,dermatology, surgery, radiology, etc. There is no distinction in paybetween allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) physicans; however,physician salaries differ noticeably among the various medicalspecialties.
Osteopaths educated in countriesoutside of the U.S. do not follow the same curriculum as U.S. trainedD.O.s and are referred to as "non-physician osteopaths". Their scope ofpractice is limited mainly to musculoskeletal conditions and treatmentof some other conditions using manual treatment [OMM], not unlikechiropractors in the U.S.
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