American Osteopathic Association

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Next Generation DOs

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One in four medical students in the U.S. attends an osteopathic medical school, with enrollment increasing approximately 25% every five years. 

If this trend continues, DOs are projected to represent more than 20% of practicing physicians by 2030.

How We Train

After graduating from osteopathic medical school, DOs complete internships, residencies and fellowships that prepare them to become licensed and board-certified physicians. Trainees in osteopathic-focused residency programs demonstrate achievement of common competencies based on the unique principles and practices of osteopathic medicine. 

Sources: AOA Physician Masterfile, AACOM Fall 2017 Preliminary Enrollment Report, and ACGME Data Resource Book Academic Year 2016-2017


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