• 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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