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The DO

What I wish other doctors knew about PM&R

As a physical medicine and rehabilitation resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, I greatly enjoy connecting and collaborating with physicians from other specialties. In my experience working with other specialists, I’ve thought of a few things that might be helpful for them to know about my specialty. Please see … Read More

The DO Staff

06.30.22

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Osteopathic medical community urges further discussion and understanding about distinctive licensure assessment of DO and MD students

As leaders of the osteopathic medical education and osteopathic medical communities in the United States, we acknowledge and empathize with trainees who often encounter bias in transition to residency, such as requests for DO students to take USMLE in addition to COMLEX-USA in the residency application process. Osteopathic medical students, who currently represent 25 percent … Read More

AOA Staff

06.30.22

News Releases

Accreditation Decisions for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

CHICAGO–The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) today announced accreditation decisions made at its June 10, 2022 meeting. Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine (Des Moines, IA) – approved the change in location and authorized a Pre-Operational site visit The COCA is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the … Read More

AOA Staff

06.29.22

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AOA statement on Supreme Court repeal of Roe V. Wade

Statement attributable to AOA President Joseph A. Giaimo, DO, & CEO Kevin M. Klauer, DO, EJD: With the recent decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) remains steadfast in its consistent position to support the sanctity and privacy of the patient-physician relationship. We denounce … Read More

AOA Staff

06.26.22

The DO

Esports: Competitive gaming and its health implications

“I’m going to flake and take a nap; lemme host Milk. But I’m going to stream for 14 hours tomorrow, nooooo kyaaaap. Thanks for watching everyone, see ya.”

The DO Staff

06.25.22

The DO

Audition rotations: Successful residents share 6+ tips

Audition rotations are a crucial part of medical school. In May 2022, I wrote an article with insights on how residency applicants can match into their No. 1 ranked residency program. In preparation for that article, I interviewed 38 residents who successfully matched into their No. 1 ranked residency program.

The DO Staff

06.24.22

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