Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is a professional doctoral degree for physicians and surgeons. A DO graduate may become licensed as an osteopathic physician, having equivalent rights, privileges, and responsibilities as a physician who has earned the Doctor of Medicine degree. DOs have full practice rights in all 50 US states.
About Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in brief
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is a professional doctoral degree for physicians and surgeons offered by medical schools in the United States. A DO graduate may become licensed as an osteopathic physician, having equivalent rights, privileges, and responsibilities as a physician who has earned the Doctor of Medicine degree. DOs have full practice rights in all 50 US states. As of 2018, there were more than 145,000 osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical students in the U.S. Since 2007, total DO student enrollment has been increasing yearly. The proportion of females in the osteopathic profession has steadily increased since the 1980s. Between 2008 and 2012, 49 percent of new DO physicians were females, compared with 41 percent in 2018. During the 2011–12 academic year, 69 percent of osteopathic student body consisted of whiten-on-Hispanic, 19 percent Asian or Pacific Islander, 3.5 percent Hispanic, 3 percent African-American, 5 percent or Native American Alaskan. The five-year change in osteopathy medical student enrollment by ethnicity has increased by 19 percent for whiten for Asian-American students, 36 percent for Hispanic for Asian and 60 percent forLatino students for osteopathic school students.
In 2018,there were 114,425 osteopathic. medical doctors in theUnited States and 145,343 total DOs and osteopath medical students. The number of DOs has risen by 41 percent since 2008 and 41 percent compared with 2008 and 2018. The total DO physician population is 11% of all US physicians, compared to 10% in 1985 and 5% in 2006. The DO degree is offered in the US at 36 medical schools, at 57 locations compared to MD degrees offered at 171 schools. One notable difference between DO and MD training is that DOs in training spend 300–500 hours studying techniques for hands-on manipulation of the human musculoskeletal system. The term \”osteopathy\” was coined by physician and surgeon Andrew Taylor Still, who named his new discipline of medicine \”ostEopathy\”, reasoning that the bone, osteon, was the starting point from which was to ascertain the cause of pathological conditions. In 1898 the American Institute of. Osteopathy started the Journal of O Steopathy and by that time four states recognized the profession.