A doctor of osteopathic medicine in pediatrics is a pediatrician who has completed medical school and pediatric residency with an osteopathic philosophy. Many pediatric DO's are Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) is a physician licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication. Like an allopathic physician (MD) an osteopathic physician completes 4 years of medical school and can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine. However, osteopathic physicians receive an additional 300 to 500 hours in the study of hands-on manual medicine and the body's musculoskeletal system.
Osteopathic medicine is dedicated to treating and healing the entire patient as a whole, rather than focusing on one system or body part. An osteopathic physician will often use a treatment method called manipulation -- a hands-on approach to assure that the body is moving freely.
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