Frequently Asked Questions

What is the official definition of a DO?

DOs are fully licensed osteopathic physicians who specialize in all areas of medicine; founded on the philosophy of treating people, not just symptoms.

How many years do DOs attend medical school?

DOs attend osteopathic medical college for a period of four years, which includes clinical and classroom learning.

Can a DO be my primary care physician?

YES!

How do I find a DO that specializes in a field?

Visit the AOA homepage and click on the “Find a DO” link on the right.

What is OMT?

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment is hands-on care.

How many DOs are there in the United States?

There are more than 54,000 DOs in the United States.

How many DOs in the state of Massachusetts?

Currently, there are nearly 600 DOs in Massachusetts.

Does my insurance plan cover DOs?

Most insurance plans cover DOs. To find out the specifics about your particular health plan, please contact your health provider.

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