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Osteopathic Medicine Is Gaining Recognition

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  • Medical doctors, MDs, and doctors of osteopathy, known as DOs, have similar training requiring four years of study in the basic and clinical sciences, and the successful completion of licensing exams
  • One of the major factors that separates DOs from MDs is that osteopathic physicians are trained in an approach that focuses on treating the person as a whole, rather than just treating individual symptoms
  • In addition to the conventional medical curriculum, DOs also receive in-depth training in manipulating the musculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, muscles, and bones
  • At present, 22 percent of all new medical school graduates come out of osteopathic schools
  • A majority of DOs end up as primary care and family physicians. This is becoming increasingly valuable, as experts predict a shortage of more than 45,000 primary care physicians in the US by 2020

By Dr. Mercola

While many people are now aware that there are well-trained health care practitioners specializing in complementary medicine, many are still unaware that there are two kinds of allopathic physicians to choose from as well.

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