About Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Before entering medical schools both DO’s and MD’s complete a four-year undergraduate program, take the MCAT exams and undergo a rigorous application process. DO’s do receive 300-500 additional hours of hands-on manual medicine and the body’s musculoskeletal systems. Once in medical schools, both complete four years of medical education. Upon graduation, both go through internships, residencies and in many cases fellowships.

Both must pass state examinations and must become licensed to practice in their state. You will find both in every specialty of medicine. Both can prescribe medications and
perform surgeries.

However, DO’s take a whole person approach to medicine. They look at your body as an integrated whole, and do not just treat your current symptoms. They use their eyes, their ears and their hands to diagnose and treat their patients’ illnesses and injuries. They are very focused on preventative medicine.

A DO may use his/her extensive knowledge of how the body is interconnected through its
bones, muscles and nerves in order to treat your symptoms and injuries. By combining all other medical options with an Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), you are likely to undergo the most thorough medical care available today.

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