Doctor Of Osteopathic Medicine: A Growing Share Of The Physician Workforce


from Health Affairs

Doctors of osteopathic medicine have been around since the late-1800s but are gaining increasing attention due to their recent dramatic growth. While doctor of osteopathic medicine training was originally more focused on spinal manipulation, today it is very similar to the training for medical doctors and accepted as equivalent by state licensing agencies and most residency programs. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) have teamed up to establish a single accreditation system for all graduate medical education (residency) programs. By 2020, the single accreditation system will further narrow the distinction between medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine as all residents and fellows will have to meet the same training standards.

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