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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:
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