What is Osteopathic Medicine?

According to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine  (AACOM), osteopathic physicians “consider the whole person, including physical, emotional and spiritual components. They also use a hands-on system of diagnosis and treatment known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. They work in partnership with their patients to help each individual maintain their health. And they can specialize in any medical field, practice the full scope of modern medicine, complete important medical research, advise policymakers, and contribute to societal health and well-being in many ways.”

Graduates from osteopathic medical schools earn the D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) degree. It takes 4 years of osteopathic school to earn the doctoral degree.

There are 31 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 44 teaching locations in 29 states.

The Preparing for a Medical, Dental, Veterinary, and Optometry (pdf) guidebook covers all aspects of being a pre-medical student at Wheaton.

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