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Careers: Osteopathic Medicine

Hands massagingOsteopathy is a medical practice that approaches patients holistically and manages musculoskeletal disorders through hands-on manipulations. The system and practice of osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor (A. T.) Still, M.D., D.O. A physician during the Civil War, he came to the conclusion that some medical practices of the time were ineffective or downright harmful. He devoted much of his life to studying human health and finding less toxic ways to treat disease. Rather than merely mitigate symptoms, he sought to remedy the cause of the disease and to facilitate the body's own healing processes.

Osteopaths, also called osteopathic physicians, complete a four-year graduate training that's very similar to conventional medical school. Like newly minted MDs, osteopathic graduates complete residency programs and take medical board examinations. They are also licensed by the state they practice in. They enjoy the same privileges as their MD counterparts. Most osteopathic physicians practice within primary care specialties such as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology.

For more information about osteopathic medicine, go to the American Osteopathic Association. Osteopathy offers similar privileges to conventional medical degrees.


If you want to stay in Colorado, check the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. This relatively new osteopathic college is located in Parker, Colorado. It has been granted provisional accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Admissions
8401 S. Chambers Rd.
Parker, CO 80134




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