National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week is intended to increase awareness of osteopathic medicine while acknowledging the contributions of Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs). Wapiti Medical Staffing celebrates DOs and the value, experience, and dedication they bring to the medical community! What is a DO?
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine practice health care differently. They are trained to look beyond symptoms and take the time to get to know the whole person. They don’t see patients. They see people. Listening to you and partnering in your care are at the heart of their holistic, empathic approach to medicine.
DOs are trained to promote the body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing. While they practice according to the latest science and use the latest technology, they also consider options to complement pharmaceuticals and surgery. Facts about DOs
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are trained to partner with patients to help them get healthy and stay well.
- First and foremost, DOs are trained to always consider the person within the patient.
- The osteopathic medical profession is one of the fastest growing segments in health care today, experiencing 25% growth every five years.
- One of every four U.S. medical students is enrolled in an osteopathic medical school.
- More than half of all DOs are under the age of 45.
- Forty percent of DOs in active practice are female.
- More than 55% of DOs in active practice are trained in a primary care specialty.
There are now more than 108,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) in the United States, with over half of DOs practicing in primary care, according to the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) annual report on the profession. The AOA also reports an 85 percent increase in osteopathic medical students since 2007, bringing the total number of DOs and students to more than 137,000 (Source: the American Osteopathic Association
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