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Number of DOs has more than tripled since 1990, new report finds

DO ranks are growing quickly while growing younger with 1 in 4 American medical students choosing an osteopathic medical school, according to the AOA’s 2018 Osteopathic Medical Profession Report.

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Navigating the NRMP Match and avoiding common violations

The AOA and National Resident Program Matches are similar, but do have different policies. The NRMP director of match policy explains what happens when applicants violate the Match Participation Agreement.

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Specialty spotlight: These 15 medical specialties are most in demand right now

Employers are most in need of family physicians and internal medicine doctors, according to a new Doximity report. See which other specialties are also in high demand.

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Save the date: Stay on top of what’s happening in osteopathic medicine

If you resolved to get organized in 2019, this handy guide lists important dates in osteopathic medicine this year, including those related to important conferences, matching and residency.

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Researchers say auditory testing can identify children for autism screening

CHICAGO—January 7, 2019—A noninvasive hearing test may assist with early detection and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, according to research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The authors note a strong connection between auditory dysfunction and autism, suggesting that hearing issues identified at birth can be a clue to monitor the child … Read More

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To support innovation in osteopathic medicine, AOF raises $1.2 million for scholarships and grants

The money raised by the American Osteopathic Foundation will support scholarships and grants for up-and-coming researchers.

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