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What is an osteopathic physician (DO)?: 
  • The osteopathic profession was established more than 130 years ago 
  • DOs are fully trained physicians with practice authority equivalent to MDs 
  • DOs emphasize the inter-relationship of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs 
  • DO philosophy: treat the whole person to prevent, diagnose and treat illness, disease and injury 
  • DOs have additional training in manual manipulation (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment)   

Current number of licensed DOs
  • California:     6,400 
  • United States:    78,000 
Specialties: 
  • DOs can practice in any specialty, like MDs 
  • 60% of DOs in the US are primary care physicians 
Number of Colleges:
There are 29 colleges of osteopathic medicine with 37 locations in the US, two of which reside in California:
  • Touro University in Vallejo 
  • Western University in Pomona 
Who can proudly boast of having approximately 1,400 osteopathic medical students currently enrolled.

Training/Education: 
  • Four years undergraduate 
  • Four years osteopathic medical school 
  • Three-seven years residency training

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