What is Osteopathic medicine?

Image: WVSOM students in OMM class.

Osteopathic medicine is a distinct form of medical practice that provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury.

It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. 

Osteopathic physicians, also known as D.O.s, work in partnership with their patients. D.O.s are licensed to practice the full scope of medicine in all 50 states. 

What is the difference between a D.O. and a  M.D?

Physician's with a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) are held to the same standards as an M.D.. Each must complete four years of medical school and a residency program.

However D.O.s are trained to look at the whole person from their first days of medical school, which means they see each person as more than just a collection of organ systems and body parts that may become injured or diseased.

This holistic approach to patient care means that osteopathic medical students learn how to integrate the patient into the health care process as a partner.

They are trained to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds, and they have the opportunity to practice these skills in their classrooms and learning laboratories, frequently with standardized and simulated patients.

Professional Touch: What Every Applicant Should Know About OMT

Osteopathic medical school is  a hands-on experience. As an Osteopathic Medical Student (OMS) you are required to learn osteopathic manipulative medicine.

The video, "Professional Touch: What Every Applicant Should Know About OMT", provides more information for prospective students considering WVSOM. Every prospective student is encouraged to watch the video. 

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200 Hours of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Osteopathic medical students take approximately 200 additional hours of training in osteopathic manipulative medicine.

This system of hands-on techniques helps alleviate pain, restores motion, supports the body’s natural functions and influences the body’s structure to help it function more efficiently.