Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
There are two types of physicians licensed to practice: MDs and DOs. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are fully-licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. Emphasizing a whole-person approach to treatment and care, DOs are trained to listen to, and partner with their patients to promote health. DOs receive special training in the osteopathic manipulative medicine, the musculoskeletal system, as well as the body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. Osteopathic physicians focus on the mind, body and spirit, by addressing how lifestyle and environment impact wellbeing.
Becoming an osteopathic physician
It requires dedication and vision. The ATSU-SOMA DO program is designed for students with a heart for community service and open, inquiring minds. Students who attend ATSU-SOMA will be well prepared to think osteopathically, diagnose accurately, work well in teams, demonstrate compassion, and effect change in the community through action research. Students achieve success through rigorous academics, accessible, dedicated faculty, a culture of peer collaboration, contextual clinic experiences, and community oriented primary care research.