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OMP Report: Strength in Primary Care

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Fifty-six percent of DOs in active practice are primary care physicians, helping to mitigate the nation’s frontline physician shortage.

Primary care includes:

  • Family medicine

  • General medicine

  • Internal medicine

  • Pediatrics and adolescent medicine

  • Osteopathic manipulative medicine

While the percentage of DOs in primary care careers has decreased from 60% in 2014, the overall number of DOs in primary care continues to increase.


Growth in Specialization

More DOs can be found in specialty practice, with the number of osteopathic specialists rising incrementally the last 30 years.

In 2015, the percentage of DO specialists rose to 44% from 39% in 2007, helping to alleviate acute physician workforce shortages in surgery and other disciplines.


Source: AOA Physician Masterfile, May 31, 2015.
AACOM Fall 2015
preliminary enrollment report


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