What is a Doctor of Osteopathy?
A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) is a fully trained and licensed doctor who has attended and graduated from a U.S. osteopathic medical school. A doctor of medicine (M.D.) has attended and graduated from a conventional (allopathic) medical school.
The major difference between osteopathic and allopathic doctors is that some osteopathic doctors also provide manual medicine therapies, such as spinal manipulation or massage therapy.
After medical school, both M.D.s and D.O.s must complete residency training in their chosen specialties. They must also pass the same licensing exam before they can treat people and prescribe medications.