Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or D.O., is a term coined by Andrew T. Still, M.D. when he founded this alternate school of medicine in 1874. Dr. Still was disappointed with 19th century medicine and believed it was better to keep people well than to offer limited treatment in illness. He valued the musculoskeletal system as integral to our overall well-being and respected it as the largest organ system which closely interacts with the circulatory and nervous systems. He developed applied biomechanics to better diagnose and treat structural disorders.
D.O.'s have a bachelor's degree and complete four years at one of the twenty american colleges of osteopathic medicine. These colleges teach all medicine and surgery as at M.D. (allopathic) schools but are oriented to holistic and preventative care. Additionally, hundreds of hours of functional anatomy and physical medicine are taught which are not found at an M.D. school. The doctor then completes a mandatory general internship and, then may go on to complete any specialty training at a D.O. or M.D. hospital and seek board certification.
Osteopathic Physicians practice throughout our nation and largely as primary care physicians. They are licensed in all fifty states to practice medicine and surgery. Presidents and professional athletes have often chosen D.O.'s for their complete health care. More information is available through our office and the American Osteopathic Association, 142 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 280-5800, www.aoa-net.org.