Practiced by osteopathic physicians (DOs), osteopathic medicine is a complete system of medical care with a philosophy that combines the needs of the patient with the current practice of medicine, surgery and obstetrics; that emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function; and that has an appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself. DOs are fully licensed to prescribe medicine and practice in all specialty areas including surgery. They are trained to consider the health of the whole person and use their hands to help diagnose and treat their patients.
The AOA is a member association representing more than 129,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students. The AOA serves as the primary certifying body for DOs, and is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical colleges and health care facilities. The AOA's mission is to advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine by promoting excellence in education, research, and the delivery of quality, cost-effective health care within a distinct, unified profession.
Get the latest statistical information about the osteopathic medical profession including the total number of DOs, growth in the number of osteopathic medical school graduates, and the number of DOs by gender.