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What is osteopathic medicine?

Osteopathic medicine is a distinctive pathway to medical practice in the United States. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) are fully licensed physicians with a medical degree and post-doctoral residency training (3-7+years) that enables them to practice in any medical specialty. 

In addition to the same medical training as other physicians, osteopathic medical students receive additional training in osteopathic principles and practice and 200+ hours of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) training. OMM is a hands-on approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients. OMM has been proven effective in treating multiple injuries and illnesses and decreasing complications and hospital length of stay. 

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  • Osteopathic medicine was founded in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, MD.
  • Osteopathic medicine is a growing field! 
  • More than 25 percent of medical students in the U.S. are training to become osteopathic physicians.
  • There are 38 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the U.S., with 59 locations in 34 states.
  • Like all physicians, DOs work with patients and the healthcare team to achieve wellness through education, disease and injury prevention, and high-quality patient care and treatment. 
  • DOs can practice medicine anywhere in the U.S., District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and obtain a license in numerous countries abroad.
  • DOs have the opportunity to train in any medical specialty!
  • Fifty-seven percent of all DOs choose to practice in primary care specialties!

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What will you choose?

Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) was founded in 2013 in the beautiful and vibrant city of Indianapolis, Indiana. MU-COM shares the values of Franciscan institutions, dedicated to the education and nurturing of the mind, body, and spirit.
The integrated systems-based curriculum at MU-COM includes lectures, labs, simulations, case studies, small group learning, flipped classrooms, podcasts, and problem-based teaching and learning. The curriculum also provides early clinical experiences to guide and support you as you learn the art and science of osteopathic medicine. 

The whole-person approach of osteopathic medicine is applied to our students as well! You will find our faculty and staff ready to support you personally and professionally to help you achieve your goals. Begin your medical career with us!

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