American Osteopathic Association

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Osteopathic Medical Profession Report

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Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, focus on prevention, partnering with patients to help them get healthy and stay well.

DOs are one of two types of fully licensed physicians in the United States. DOs practice in every medical specialty, applying the patient-centered philosophy to treat the person inside the patient.


Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing health care professions in the United States. Since 1986, the number of DOs has increased by 276%.


*Source: AOA Masterfile Data May 31, 2016

Source: AACOM Fall 2016 preliminary enrollment report


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