Overview: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Students doing OMM The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine practices a unique form of medical care that is both traditional and holistic.

Developed 130 years ago by physician A. T. Still, osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the United States today. Dr. Still pioneered the concept of wellness and saw the musculoskeletal system as a key to health. Doctors of osteopathy utilize a patient centered, whole person approach to medicine and apply this philosophy to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Osteopathy physicians can practice in any specialty area, prescribe drugs, perform surgery and also bring the additional benefits of osteopathic manipulative techniques to the diagnosis and treatment of  patients. The majority of D.O.s practice in primary care, although the number of those practicing in specialties is increasing. D.O.s must pass a state medical board examination in order to obtain licensure and practice. Each state has its own requirements for practice in that state. For more information on D.O.s, click here What is a DO?

RowanSOM Curriculum Overview

The current RowanSOM curriculum was designed to meet the changing dynamics of the world of quality health care in this century. There is an emphasis on primary care throughout, with patient contact beginning in the first year.   Cultural competency and interdisciplinary concepts are also emphasized.  A standardized patient program and small group case-based learning are used. The lab is a technologically state-of-the-art facility where students receive instant feedback in their studies and practice case based diagnostic skills.

Innovative components placed throughout the curriculum include coursework in ethics, medical humanities, oral dental health, pain management and death and dying, integrated within courses and clinical experiences.  Osteopathic manipulation is integrated throughout the curriculum.  Traditional lecture formats are augmented by an emphasis on evidence based medicine, self-study, computer assisted learning and a multitude of new technologies.  Students at the School of Osteopathic Medicine are exposed to the latest knowledge base in research, basic sciences and clinical medicine throughout the four year curriculum.  Detailed information about the new RowanSOM Curriculum can be found at Pre-Clinical Years and Clinical Education Years.

The DO Degree Program at Rowan SOM:

The Office of Academic Affairs oversees the Doctor of Osteopathic Degree program at RowanSOM. Jacqueline Giacobbe, MS.Ed, MA is the Director of the Office of Academic Affairs. For further information, contact giacobja@rowan.edu or call 856-566-6980. For a staff directory of Academic Affairs, please click Staff Directory.

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