What is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) is a fully trained and licensed doctor who has attended and graduated from a U.S. osteopathic medical school. A doctor of medicine (M.D.) has attended and graduated from a conventional (allopathic) medical school.
The major difference between osteopathic and allopathic doctors is that some osteopathic doctors provide manual medicine therapies, such as spinal manipulation or cranial sacral therapy, as part of their treatment. In addition, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are also required to take an extended education on the spine and nervous system related conditions along with a whole-person approach to the practice of medicine, meaning Doctors of Osteopathic Mecicine consider both the physical and mental needs of their patients.
After medical school, both M.D.s and D.O.s must complete residency training in their chosen specialties. They must also pass the same licensing examination before they can treat people and prescribe medications.''