What Is DO Fast Facts
What is a D.O.? Fast Facts
- There are nearly 57,000 D.O.s practicing in the U.S. today.
- Almost 50 percent of all D.O. students are women.
- A tenet of osteopathic medicine is that the body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
- Approximately 65% of practicing osteopathic physicians specialize in primary care areas, such as pediatrics, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, and internal medicine.
- Many D.O.s fill a critical need for physicians by practicing in rural and other medically underserved communities.
- D.O.s practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. Instead of just treating specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated whole, consisting of mind, body and spirit.
- Osteopathic physicians focus on preventive health care.
- D.O.s receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system-your body's interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that make up two-thirds of your body mass. This training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of the ways that an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect another.
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