For the first time, the number of DOs in the U.S. has surpassed 100,000, according to the 2016 Osteopathic Medical Profession Report. Precisely, there are now 102,137 DOs.
Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest-growing health care professions in the nation; since 1986, the number of DOs has increased by 276%. There are now 65% more DOs than there were a decade ago.
The field’s growth is particularly evident at osteopathic medical schools. The total number of DOs and osteopathic medical students is almost 130,000; nearly one in four U.S. medical students attends an osteopathic medical school. As the number of students and schools increase, osteopathic medical schools are taking steps to develop new residency positions.
Other highlights from the report include:
- More than half of DOs are younger than 45.
- Roughly 40% of DOs in active practice are women.
- More than half of active DOs practice in primary care specialties, which include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and osteopathic manipulative medicine.