Osteopathic Medicine

Philadelphia Campus

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

One of the nation’s most respected osteopathic medical schools, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has a long, proud tradition, spanning more than a century, of training osteopathic physicians.


Just minutes from Center City Philadelphia, one of the country’s premier cities for medical education, you will study in a dynamic, highly supportive academic community.

As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) student, you will learn a holistic approach to health care—treating disease in the context of the whole person, considering the interrelationships of all body systems, as well as factors such as nutrition, environment and psychology.


Program Details

In your first and second years, you will pursue an integrated curriculum that introduces both basic and clinical sciences. The use of innovative patient simulators as well as standardized patient actors will provide you with experiential learning and proficiency modalities reflective of actual clinical procedure and practice. You will also experience four months in our Community Healthcare Centers, where you will be introduced to the realities of patient care in underserved communities.


In your third and fourth years, you will hone your skills by working in some of the finest teaching hospitals in the greater Philadelphia area. You will be exposed to a broad scope of medical problems, gradually assuming more responsibility under the direction of experienced physicians. Through participation in rounds, lectures, conferences, morning reports and case presentations, you will develop skills in history taking, physical examination, differential diagnosis, and invasive and non-invasive procedures.

Through it all, you will have the PCOM community behind you, supporting you in every way to help you become the competent, confident health professional you aspire to be.

Visit the D.O. More website to learn more about the osteopathic profession.

Career Options

  • PCOM DO graduates are accepted into a variety of residencies—both osteopathic and allopathic. Many choose primary care specialties including general practice, general internal medicine, OB/GYN and pediatrics. 
  • Recent graduates also entered residency specialties that include: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, neurological surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery, pathology, physical medicine and rehab, psychiatry, radiology-diagnostic, urological surgery, urology and more.


The doctor of osteopathic medicine programs at PCOM are accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association.

Contact Us

For more information about the program, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@pcom.edu or 800-999-6998. 


Program Highlights


Our osteopathic curriculum involves four years of academic study, with an emphasis on preventive medicine and holistic patient care, leading to the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).


Many DOs complete a residency program in a specialty area, which typically requires two to six years of additional training.


DOs receive extra training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) – using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury.


Although a large medical school, the curriculum presents plenty of opportunities for discussion and development of relationships with faculty.


As practicing clinicians and scientists, PCOM faculty are actively engaged in research, and thus bring a cutting-edge perspective to their classroom teaching.