Family medicine and other primary-care specialties topped the list of specialties chosen by this year's crop of graduating osteopathic medical students, according to the American Osteopathic Association's 2013 “match day” results.
About one-quarter of the 1,900 graduating osteopaths matched will enter family medicine, according to the National Matching Services. About 75% of the 2,512 students and recent graduates who participated found out on Feb. 11 the location of their upcoming residency or internship.
Like traditional medical doctors, osteopaths are fully licensed physicians who complete four years of medical education, followed by a three- to eight-year internship or residency program. However, osteopathic physicians also receive additional training in the musculoskeletal system in order to understand how illness or injury in one part of the body affects another. More than 20% of medical students are osteopaths.