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Osteopathic Recognition

The DO Difference

Why apply for osteopathic recognition?

Nurture the next generation of osteopathically-trained physicians by achieving osteopathic recognition for your residency program.

By achieving osteopathic recognition, training programs help ensure the unique principles and practice of osteopathic medicine will continue to benefit future generations of patients. Osteopathic recognition also provides advantages for medical students seeking osteopathic-focused training and hospitals in need of resident physicians who provide patient-centered, holistic care.

Requirements | Application

The AOA’s Single Accreditation System (SAS) Application Assistance Program is available to help graduate medical education programs throughout the ACGME application process. The program offers guidance in completing an application with access to AOA staff experts and professional consultants who are familiar with the single accreditation program.

SAS Application Assistance


What are the benefits?

Increase the marketability of residency training programs, add value to your institution and attract the best and brightest residents seeking to practice patient-centered care.


The following list of benefits includes links to relevant research and proof points that demonstrate the value and efficacy of osteopathic medicine.

1. Reduce costs and improve care

  • The osteopathic approach emphasizes physician-patient communication, with a focus on empathic and holistic care.
  • Research shows that patients who receive osteopathic care experience reduced pain and improved function.
  • DOs are trained to consider alternatives to prescribing medication.
  • Osteopathic care can result in shortened hospital stays for patients recovering from pneumonia or surgery.
  • Osteopathic physicians are trained to use a team care approach that aligns with the patient-centered medical home model.

2. Ensure osteopathic distinctiveness

  • The success of osteopathic training programs ensures the profession will continue to grow and thrive.
  • More than 70% of third-year osteopathic medical students indicate they would like to train in an osteopathic-focused residency program.
  • Osteopathic principles and practice can be incorporated into all specialties.

3. Attract more high quality candidates

  • Osteopathic medical students represent 25% of the medical student population.
  • The majority of third-year osteopathic medical students want to complete osteopathic-focused residency training.
  • Osteopathic recognition will help attract osteopathic and allopathic students to your program, increasing the pool of qualified applicants.

Supporting Research

Antibiotics
Empathy
Hysterectomy
Improvement of function
Length of stay
Low back pain
OMT
Osteopathic principles & practice
Osteopathic distinctiveness
Physician-patient communication
  • Do osteopathic physicians differ in patient interaction from allopathic physicians?
    Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (2003)
    Authors: Carey, Motyka, Garret & Keller
    Summary: Study indicated that osteopathic physicians are more likely than allopathic physicians to discuss social, family and emotional impact of illnesses with patients and were easily distinguishable from allopathic physicians by their verbal interactions with patients.
Pneumonia
Prescriptions
Reduced costs
Resident recruitment
  • Allopathic GME programs seek to attract DO candidates by obtaining osteopathic recognition
    The DO (2015)
    Summary: Allopathic program directors discuss the importance of showing applicants their programs are committed to osteopathic principles. The osteopathic profession’s holistic approach to care benefits patients and ensures a diverse applicant pool for residency positions.ummary: Allopathic program directors discuss the importance of showing applicants their programs are committed to osteopathic principles. The osteopathic profession’s holistic approach to care benefits patients and ensures a diverse applicant pool for residency positions.
Surgery
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