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|Become A DO|
To become a DO, you must graduate from one of the nation's osteopathic medical schools, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. This accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The curriculum at osteopathic medical schools consists of four years of academic study. You will learn the osteopathic philosophy, as well as preventive medicine and comprehensive patient care. Over the course of your studies, you will learn to use osteopathic principles and osteopathic manipulative treatment to diagnose illness and treat patients.
After completing osteopathic medical school, you will have the opportunity to obtain graduate medical education through internships, residencies and fellowships, as well as the opportunity to specialize in all areas of medicine, ranging from such primary care disciplines as family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics to such specialized disciplines as surgery, radiology, oncology and psychiatry.