Please know I am a D.O. and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992, when I was 42 years of age chronologically.
A D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) is a fully qualified physician licensed to treat patients, prescribe medication and perform surgery.
D.O.s receive additional training in the muscuoloskelatal system, the interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that make up the body.
Renowned for their emphasis regarding “patient centered care,” D.O.s recognize the importance of taking the whole person into consideration — one’s overall physical health, lifestyle, nutrional habits, exercise routine, genetic dispostion, etc –when PREVENTING, diagnosing and treating illness, disease and injury.
May I add that I did an Allopathic (M.D.) residency at Virtua Health System in NJ, which was also superb training. My thoughts are that it is important to actually complete a formal internship (one year) and medical residency (two years) in order to practice Integrative Medicine in a systems theory, panormic way.
I chose Family Medicine for my medical residency, so I am trained as a Generalist. What this means is that I trained with most specialties — delivered babies, assisted in surgery, read XRays, CT and MRI scans, was in “charge” of the ICU and trained in Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Psychiatry, Physiatry, Endocrinolgy, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Surgery, Pulmonology, Radiology, Internal Medicine, Hospitalology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, etc. I passed the M.D. Family Medicine Board examination in 1995, and was Board Certified in l995. Thereafter, I chose another path and trained with the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), the American Society of Bariatric Medicine (ASBM), and traveled to Europe to train with Endocrinologists and Mesotherapists to continue my learning. I have also been invited twice and chose to be a participant at the Think Tank for scientists and physicans who research, study, and treat Autism. I have attended numerous DAN (Defeat Autism Now) medical conferences. DAN sponsors these Think Tanks. I am passionately fascinated, and curious about our two epidemics — Autism and Obesity. Both require panoramic, multilayered thinking. There is not one pill that will fix either epidemic.
Please know all physicians are required to have 50 hours per year of Continuing Medical Education (CME). In addition to the aforementioned medical conferences, I also take the New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch examination twice a year, and recently attended the (NJAofOPS) New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.
As usual, my patients continue to teach me and challenge my learning curve, telling me in which direction I need to augment my learning. When I am flummoxed — I study, research, send my patients to specialists, or call my brainiac doctor friends who live many, many miles from me (who continue as well to be a source of wise counsel.)
I honor and am grateful for my training at my medical school, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). And I hope to return the favor in the very near future and assist PCOM offer a formal Integrative Medicine Residency. I presently envision this would be done after a General Medicine (either Family Medicine or Internal Medicine) Residency.
After all, Integrative Medicine is one of the strongholds of D.O. training. D.O.s are actually taught to think in a panoramic way.