American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Osteopathic Physician Specialties


Due to an aging U.S. population and a preference by graduates to enter specialty practice, the country is facing an impending primary care physician shortage. In 2013, more than 60% of DOs with self-identified specialties are primary care physicians. These DOs practice in any of the following specialties: general practice, family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine and obstetrics/gynecology.

Table showing self-identified DO practice specialties 1984-2013

 Table showing the number of DOs actively certified by the AOA

Number of specialty, subspecialty and areas of added qualifications possible for AOA certification


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