History of Osteopathic Medicine: Still Relevant?

Robert Orenstein, DO
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Published: March 1, 2017

J Osteopath Med; 117(3): 148-148

Osteopathic physicians have gained full practice rights in the United States, have climbed to leadership roles in government and academic medicine, and have remained true to our roots as physicians for the whole patient. In this Editorial, the JAOA’s Editor in Chief discusses past growth patterns focused on eliminating disparities in primary health care vs the growth that lies ahead in evolving medical education landscape with the implementation of a single accreditation system for graduate medical education. According to Orenstein, our history reminds us that change presents opportunity—this time, the chance to formally embed osteopathic philosophy into the entire medical education system.

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