are the only two fully licensed professions recognized in the United States to perform all specialties of medicine, including pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and surgery. Both degrees afford the ability to prescribe medicines, and much of the medical school training for each degree is the same. In fact, most physicians who graduate from Osteopathic medical schools go on to allopathic, or M.D., residencies and practice medicine identically to the way M.D.s do.
A small percentage of D.O.s, however, continue with their study of anatomy, physiology,
and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, and incorporate its techniques of diagnosis and treatment into their medical practice. Osteopathy is a system of medicine where diagnosis and treatment center on the ability and drive of the patient to heal themselves. Every living person has within them a degree of this healing power, and it is the Osteopath’s role to help support it in its work. By recognizing where and to what extent the innate mechanism is active, the Osteopath and therefore the patient have the resources and an unerring guide towards health, whether in the form of improved motion, function, circulation, strength, or ease of pain. The integrity of the whole body as a unit of function is the most important factor in health.
Evan S. Rubin, D.O.
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