American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathic medicine is a distinct branch of medical practice in the United States. The osteopathic  philosophy of medicine sees an interrelated unity in all systems of the body, with each working with the other to heal in times of illness.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed physicians who practice in every medical specialty. DOs practice a whole-person approach to medicine, focused on looking beyond your symptoms to understand how lifestyle and environmental factors impact your wellbeing.

The profession is one of the fastest growing segments in health care today, with one out of every four medical students enrolled in an osteopathic medical school.

Learn more about the DO ​Difference.

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