Knowledge is not inborn; it is acquired and it grows - William A. Kuchera DO, Professor, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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No matter what kind of doctor you want to be, you should to talk to as many practicing physicians (MD and DO) as you can. If you’re looking for a DO, try contacting one out of the telephone book. Most osteopathic physicians understand that many people have a limited knowledge about osteopathic medicine and will be willing to talk to you. Ask candid questions about their professional relationships with other physicians in the community and their residency experiences.
Realize that you have a choice in what kind of physician you become and be a smart consumer of your medical education. Don’t rely solely upon any single person’s opinion, including my own. Instead, talk to as…
Realize that you have a choice in what kind of physician you become and be a smart consumer of your medical education. Don’t rely solely upon any single person’s opinion, including my own. Instead, talk to as many different people as you can.
Our goal is to provide you with up to date, relevant information about osteopathic medical schools and osteopathic medicine. If you ever have any questions about schools please leave us a comment and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Osteopathic medical schools admit many nontraditional students. Typically, these students come to osteopathic medicine as a second career from an amazing number of backgrounds.
From the first days of medical school, DOs are trained to look at the whole person and integrate them into the health care process as a partner. They see each person as more than a collection of body parts that may become injured or diseased. Osteopathic medical students receive classroom training in communicating with patients, and they practice these skills with simulated patients. Because of this whole-person approach to medicine, approximately 60% of all DOs choose to practice in the primary care disciplines of family practice, general internal medicine, and pediatrics.
To be good at this job you will also need to be a good listener and have a genuine desire to help people. You will need to be physically fit.
Osteopathic medicine degree programs, like traditional medical education programs, are 4-year graduate programs. They cover the subjects of human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, neuroanatomy and more, with advanced instruction in the musculoskeletal system. Student doctors complete clinical rotations in general practice and in specialty areas to gain hands-on experience. Admission to osteopathy programs is competitive. In 2011, the American Osteopathic Association accredited only 26 schools in the nation.
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