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- Practice includes osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
- Required to graduate from an osteopathic medical school accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association.
- Supervised by senior Resident Physicians and Attending Physician faculty.
- Patients with certain musculoskeletal disorders may particularly benefit from the O.M.T. skills.
Who is an Osteopathic Physician?
What does an Osteopathic Physician do?
What education, training, and experience must one have to function as an Osteopathic Physician?
Osteopathic Physicians must be graduates of osteopathic medical schools that are accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association. The curriculum of study is four years and is very similar to allopathic medical schools. However, osteopathic medicine places special emphasis on osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders; this training has a prominent role in the osteopathic medical curriculum. Additionally, osteopathic principles emphasize prevention as well as holistic and patient-centered concepts.
How and by whom is an Osteopathic Physician supervised?
What are the typical day-to-day activities of an Osteopathic Physician?
The daily activities of Osteopathic Physicians are essentially identical to the activities of their allopathic physician counterparts. As residents, Osteopathic Physicians perform the same general tasks as resident allopathic physicians. The same is true at the attending physician level and in continuing medical practice.
Must an Osteopathic Physician be licensed or certified to function in his or her role as part of the health care team?
Osteopathic Physicians must be licensed by the state or jurisdiction in which they practice. The primary pathway to licensure for osteopathic physicians is the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA), which is an examination sequence similar to the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) required of allopathic physicians. Many states have a single medical licensing board that licenses both allopathic and Osteopathic Physicians, while others have separate allopathic and osteopathic licensing boards.
Osteopathic Physicians who successfully complete osteopathic GME programs are eligible for specialty certification by the corresponding osteopathic specialty board. Those who successfully complete allopathic GME programs are eligible for board certification by the appropriate American Board of Medical Specialties member specialty board.
What types of patients would benefit from the care of an Osteopathic Physician?
How and when does an Osteopathic Physician become involved in the care of a particular patient?
Professional organization for Osteopathic Physicians:
John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners