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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine


For more than a century, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) physicians have practiced a holistic approach to health care. They know that the mind plays a crucial role in the body’s capacity to heal, that treating the whole person rather than just the symptoms is essential, that treatments such as osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) aid the body's natural healing process, and that physicians should work in partnership with patients for the best outcomes.

A premier osteopathic medical school, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine boasts a history that spans more than 110 years and a rich tradition of training and placing DOs in primary and specialty care. Among its alumni that number more than 12,000, are board-certified specialists, academic leaders and educators, and recognized researchers and practitioners. These osteopathic physicians contribute to the health and health policy of communities throughout the nation-including those in disadvantaged rural areas and in regions especially impacted by primary care physician shortages.

As an academic institution, the College was among the earliest to adopt innovative high-fidelity patient simulators as well as standardized patient actors, providing students with experiential learning and proficiency modalities reflective of actual clinical procedure and practice. Sponsored research projects promote opportunities for collaborative research. And a commitment to community service is evident in College- and student-sponsored outreach programs as well as training at the College's five Healthcare Centers that primarily benefit urban Philadelphia locales.

All instruction-didactic and clinical-is delivered by expert and accomplished faculty. Program curriculum includes clerkship participation at over 30 of the finest teaching hospitals in the greater Philadelphia area.

In addition to the DO degree, PCOM offers several joint degree options; choose them from the Navigation Bar on the left.

Hear more about PCOM's DO program from Ben Whitfield.


For further information about Osteopathic Medicine, please see:

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

American Osteopathic Association

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association

Last Updated: 3/5/15