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About Osteopathic Medicine

Developed 130 years ago by physician A.T. Still, osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the U.S. and brings a unique philosophy to traditional medicine. With a strong emphasis on the inter-relationship of the body's nerves, muscles, bones and organs, doctors of osteopathic medicine, or DOs, apply the philosophy of treating the whole person to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness, disease and injury.


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For more on the history of osteopathic medicine, visit The History of Osteopathic Medicine Virtual Museum or Still National Osteopathic Museum, which is housed at the Kirksville (Mo.)College of Osteopathic Medicine-A.T. Still University.

The Osteopathic Medical Profession

Like most careers in the medical field, becoming a DO takes rigorous training and dedication. Learn more about what’s involved and about further opportunities beyond medical school. Let the Osteopathic Medical Profession section help you determine if becoming a DO is right for you.

DOs Around the World

Increasingly, DOs are practicing outside of the U.S. and bringing knowledge of osteopathic medicine to the world. Not to be confused with osteopaths trained in other countries, osteopathic physicians are trained exclusively in the U.S. at one of 20 osteopathic medical colleges across the country. Learn more about what’s happening with DOs Around the World.


Medical terminology can be confusing—especially when you’re faced with a major medical decision. Use this glossary of terms to help you sort through the jargon.

Research and Grants

The AOA directly supports research through the grants and fellowship program, the Annual Research Conference, and advocacy initiatives. For details on these programs please see DO-Online's Research and Grants section.

Are you a student, librarian or other individual hoping to get more comprehensive information on various aspects of osteopathic medicine? Look in DO-Online's Research Resources section to find out what resources are available to aid you in your research.

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