The D.O. Difference
Osteopathic medicine is founded on the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated and dependent on each other for optimal health. A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or D.O., embraces a holistic approach to medicine, focusing on preventative ways to attain and maintain wellness.
Another way D.O.s are unique from allopathic physicians, or M.D.s, is they receive training in osteopathic manipulative medicine. In OMM, students are trained to use their hands to diagnose and treat the musculoskeletal issues with varying techniques to improve body biodynamics and organ function. By combining their OMM knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, osteopathic physicians offer their patients the most comprensive, patient-centered, health-oriented care available.
OSU-COM offers students clinical experiences to practice their OMM skills are early as their first year. OMM faculty consult with students on their assessments and treatment as well as discuss preventative care with patient models.
As fully licensed physicians, D.O.s practice medicine in primary care but they can practice in all specialties such as dermatology, cardioloy, neurology and surgery.