Tarrant County Commissioners recognize National Osteopathic Medicine Week

April 18, 2014

Student-led activities have marked National Osteopathic Medicine Week on the UNTHSC campus all week.

NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on the common goal of increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and osteopathic physicians (DOs) in communities across the nation.

Earlier in this week, Tarrant County commissioners issued a proclamation in honor of the observance.

Health Science Center campus activities culminated Friday with Jim Froelich, DO (TCOM ’81) of Bonham, Texas, spoke on "The History of Osteopathic Medicine in Texas." His talk was sponsored by the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Froelich is a TOMA past president.

 

What is a D.O.?

  • A DO, or doctor of osteopathic medicine, is a fully licensed physician.
  • Osteopathic physicians are found in every medical specialty in the nation and are trained in the same modern diagnostic and therapeutic tools that MDs use.
  • DOs also are trained to incorporate a holistic "body-mind-spirit" approach to health care and receive advanced training in manual medicine – also called osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).
  • OMT is an additional tool used by DOs in the treatment of many disorders that affect the musculoskeletal system.
  • Many of the primary care doctors in the United States are osteopathic physicians, and many fill the health care needs of underserved and rural areas.

 

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