Osteopathic Doctor (DO)
Osteopathic Doctors (also called DOs or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine) are fully qualified physicians, similar to medical doctors (MDs), and are licensed to practice a full scope of medicine and surgery. Their approach to medicine is more holistic than that of a medical doctor, and they regard the body as an integrated whole rather, than just treating symptoms of an ailment.
Education: An osteopathic doctor must complete 4 years of doctoral education with additional internships, residencies, and fellowships. Their education is similar to that of medical doctors, but includes an additional 300-500 hours of studying hands-on manual medicine and the body’s musculoskeletal system. They also must pass state licensing exams.