Osteopathic physicians often have to explain to a prospective patient what a D.O. is and dispel notions that D.O.s receive less medical education than M.D.s, say NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine leaders, faculty, and alumni in "The D.O. Will See You Now" in Long Island Business News (subscription required).
The "whole patient" approach to preventing, diagnosing, and treating illness, disease, and injury is central to the osteopathic physician's education, along with their training in osteopathic manipulative treatment. "As alternative and complementary health care has become more obvious, many students are drawn to the hands-on manipulative care they can learn in osteopathic programs," says Dean Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O.