What Is Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathic medicine was founded in the late 1800s in Kirksville, Missouri, by a medical doctor who recognized that the medical practices of the day often caused more harm than good.

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Increasing Awareness of LGBTG+ Healthcare Needs

Much of my leadership and medical advocacy work in medical school has been focused on two specific issues: increased awareness of LGBTQ+ healthcare needs and health care reform. In my first year of medical school, I was convinced that addressing these issues on a local level was the most effective approach to achieving real-world impact.

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The Difference Between MD and DO Doctors

Choosing a medical school involves choosing between two types of degree programs: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) or Doctor of Medicine (MD). But what is the difference between MD and DO doctors? It’s one calling. Two paths. The difference is in the philosophy.

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Keeping Faith After Losing My First Patient

July 14, 2016, was the day I lost my first patient: my dad. My dad was diagnosed with scleroderma in 2012 while I was pursuing my undergraduate degree. The illness climaxed during my first year of medical school. S

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Practicing for Our Lives as Osteopathic Doctors

It has been my privilege for over a year now to learn and grow as a member of a class of 160 hard-working medical students. As president of my class, I witness firsthand the efforts of a multitude of student doctors, whom I would describe as fully engaged.

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From the Peace Corps to Medical School

“Who gave me permission to do this?” I thought to myself as I wiped snot and tears from my face, standing in the Transportation Security Administration line at the airport after hugging my dad goodbye.

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Diversifying the Face of Osteopathic Medicine

Growing up in the heart of Los Angeles, California, the thought of fully engaging with my community in a positive light was often clouded with the strong influences of ringing gunfire, activities of gangs, and infiltration of drugs.

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