DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is a fully trained physician who prescribes drugs, performs surgery and selectively utilizes all accepted scientific methods of treatment to maintain and restore health. DOs graduate from colleges of osteopathic medicine and are qualified to be licensed to practice all specialties of medicine and surgery in all 50 states.
DOs employ the osteopathic philosophy which states that DOs treat disease in the context of the whole person, considering the function and interrelation of all body systems, as well as factors such as nutrition, environment and psychology. The musculoskeletal system can impede essential blood and nerve supply. To correct disorders that arise from this and restore proper functioning, DOs use manipulative therapy as an additional modality of treatment.
Osteopathic manipulative medicine, or OMM, involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMM, an osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques which include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
Please visit the DO application requirements page for detailed information regarding the application process, tuition and related topics.
The course sequence page features an overview of the DO curriculum as well as course listings.
The program requires four years of full-time study to complete.
Third- and fourth-year clinical clerkships take place in affiliated hospitals, health care centers and in numerous outpatient facilities and physicians’ offices, in both rural and urban settings. It is also possible to arrange elective rotations throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Students graduating from colleges of osteopathic medicine currently have the opportunity to apply to residency programs through the AOA (American Osteopathic Association), the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) as well as the military. View our DO program statistics for recent match rates.
View our DO program statistics for details regarding recent COMLEX I, II and III pass rates.
You can find out more information regarding the residency merger on the AACOM website.
The Faculty Committee on Admissions follows a holistic approach in reviewing applications for the DO program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and PCOM Georgia. Our committee members look not only at grades and test scores when evaluating applications, but also read the entire application as submitted by the applicant, along with the letters of recommendation and personal statements. There are no cutoffs or minimums. Our admissions process will continue to be what it has been and will be unaffected by the change in the AACOMAS policy.