What is Osteopathic Medicine?
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, bring a unique, patient-centered approach to every specialty across the full spectrum of medicine. It is one of the fastest-growing professions in health care today, and represents one-fourth enrolled students in U.S. medical schools. Trained in holistic health care, DOs incorporate the body, mind and spirit of the patient in their approach to care, an approach that is patient-focused by its very nature and one that complements Baptist Memorial Health Care’s mission, which mirrors the three-fold ministry of Christ: Healing, Preaching and Teaching.
DOs are trained to listen and partner with their patients to restore health and stay well. They treat the whole person, incorporating the latest science and technology with other treatment options, including biomechanical, pharmaceutical and surgical remedies, while leveraging the interrelated systems of the body. Throughout their four-year curriculum, DOs receive the broad training and exposure that prepares them to practice in a range of medical specialties, including primary care, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, psychiatry and surgery. The majority of DOs practice in primary care and essential care specialties, and tend to serve in rural and underserved communities that are similar to the areas throughout the Mid-South where Baptist Memorial Hospitals are located.
Visit the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine website for the most up-to-date information.