Osteopathic Physician

Provide holistic medical care to patients.

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~ $172,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Osteopathic Physicians do?

Osteopathic Physicians have the same abilities and responsibilities as other Doctors: They diagnose and treat patients, write prescriptions, monitor responses to medications, refer patients to specialists, and even act as Surgeons. So what makes Osteopathic Physicians different? As an Osteopathic Physician, you receive extensive training above and beyond that of a Medical Doctor so that you can better treat the patient as a whole, not just the symptoms.

That means in addition to diagnosing colds and diseases, you have special training in the muscular-skeleton make-up of the body. This additional training allows you to make correlations between ailments in different parts of the body that don’t appear to be related. For example, if a patient comes in complaining of back pain and consistent stomach upset, you might explain that a misalignment of the back is causing the nerves to flare up the stomach.

Basically, you have the advantage of viewing the patient in a holistic way. Not only does this help during diagnosis, but it’s also an asset in prevention efforts. After all, if you can educate and inform your patients, they can take a more active role in their own medical care. That might mean suggesting dietary changes, physical therapy techniques, or meditation that prevent, alleviate, or minimize symptoms.

This job takes place in the standard locations, including hospitals, family practices, surgery centers, clinics, and even the military.

Should I be an Osteopathic Physician?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Doctor, Osteopathic, Osteopath, Osteopathic Resident

    How to become an Osteopathic Physician

    We recommend at least a Doctoral degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's. Check out these schools offering Osteopathic Physician-related education!
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