Now more than ever, doctors are seeing just how important a patient’s lifestyle, mental and emotional health, and environment can effect them physically. Too often patients are diagnosed and treated so quickly that things can be overlooked or not taken seriously, leading to potentially fatal consequences. With one in four students interested in medicine now choosing an osteopathic medical school and osteopathic medicine becoming one of the most rapidly growing segments in the healthcare industry, we can finally begin to see a shift of importance from prescription convenience to patient need. Becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic, or a “DO”, requires extensive education and training in not just the physical body, but also in how every part of a patient’s life can influence their health.
Current or aspiring doctors who are compassionate, empathetic, and supportive have no problem seeing the benefits of such gentle, hands-on, and effective treatments, making them the perfect candidates for becoming qualified DO’s. Communication is key for anyone who wants to become a DO, and care and empathy are crucial to succeeding. After completing the necessary four years of osteopathic medical school and learning advanced skills in preventative medicine, the complexities of the musculoskeletal system, and the techniques used in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, as well as how everything in the mind, body, and spirit connects, a hopeful DO will be able to complete a series of internships, fellowships, and residencies. This will help them get the necessary experience they will need to prepare them for what it takes to be a real DO. Only once all of that is accomplished, a license is acquired, and you have become board-certified and you can begin your career as a qualified doctor of osteopathic medicine and join the ranks of the other incredible healers who have the pleasure of helping people every day.
Osteopathic doctors are taught and trained to put the patient’s health and needs before all else, making them the most trust-worthy of the healthcare professionals. Our desire to use the beneficial qualities of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine to treat and prevent countless physical conditions instead of unnecessary procedures or potentially harmful medications is what inspires others to embrace alternative and natural remedies and treatments, and will be what allows us to progress into a new, brighter, healthier future where patient care is always the number one priority.If you or someone you know could benefit from professional Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy performed by a qualified specialist, then make an appointment at Osteopathic Health Care Associates with Dr. Shane Patterson by calling 586.221.2791, or complete the contact form in the sidebar to receive a return call from someone on our office staff.