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The foundation of osteopathic medicine is that people are more than just the sum of their body parts. Instead of treating specific symptoms, osteopathic doctors' training and practice concentrate on interconnectivity of all body systems and how each one affects the others.
Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) help patients develop attitudes and
lifestyles that don’t just fight illness, but help prevent it. Millions
of Americans prefer this concerned and compassionate care and have made
DOs their doctors for life.In our training and practice, we pay special attention on the musculoskeletal system, a structure of muscles and bones, which impacts the condition of all other body systems. Osteopathic physicians are trained to use their hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness and injury. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is one of the techniques that sets osteopathic physicians apart from their allopathic peers (MDs).
At first glance, the difference between DOs and MDs is difficult to distinguish. They are both fully licensed physicians and are the only two medical practitioners with full training who are licensed to prescribe medications and perform surgery.
Osteopathic physicians (DOs) have treated U.S. presidents and Olympic athletes, contributed to the fight against AIDS and the civil rights movement, and often serve on national health-care panels.
The osteopathic philosophy embraces the idea of the unity of structure (anatomy) and function (physiology). Discover the principles of osteopathic medicine, read the osteopathic oath, the KCU osteopathic medical student oath and the AOA Code of Ethics.
Learn more about the founder of osteopathic medicine, Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO
More than 20 percent of all medical students currently studying in the United States are earning their degrees from a college of osteopathic medicine.
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