Three Key Facts about Osteopathic Medicine

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Based in Irvine, California, Ruhi Patil holds a master of science degree in global medicine from the University of Southern California. Ruhi Patil is currently working towards a doctorate degree in osteopathic medicine from the Western University of Health Sciences.

Developed in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, osteopathic medicine recognizes the musculoskeletal system as an important component of health, and focuses on treating the body as a whole to prevent and cure disease. Osteopathy is an increasingly popular mode of medicine, though some people are unaware of its significance. Here are three key facts about the field of osteopathic medicine.

1. Osteopathic doctors serve in multiple areas of medicine, such as primary care, pediatrics, internal medicine, and gynecology.

2. The number of osteopaths in America is increasing. Over 25 percent of American medical students are currently training to become osteopathic doctors, and more than 7,000 graduated osteopathic physicians enter the workforce annually.

3. Osteopathic doctors provide many of the same services as traditional physicians. Osteopaths can specialize in any area of medicine, prescribe medications, perform surgery, and treat patients throughout America.

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Ruhi Patil is currently working toward her doctor of osteopathic medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences.

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