Pre-Medicine (Osteopathic Medicine)

University of Southern California

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Osteopathic medicine is a distinct form of medical practice in the United States and provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. The Pre-Medicine (Osteopathic Medicine) programme is offered at the University of Southern California.


DOs are trained to look at the whole person from their first days of medical school, which means they see each person as more than just a collection of organ systems and body parts that may become injured or diseased.

Key facts:

  • DOs are licensed to practice the full scope of medicine in all 50 states. They practice in all types of environments, including the military, and in all types of specialties, from family medicine to obstetrics, surgery, and aerospace medicine. 
  • The Pre-Medicine (Osteopathic Medicine) major at the University of Southern California distinction between the D.O. and M.D. today is that the D.O. receives additional specialized training in osteopathic principles and practices, including the hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. 
  • Another distinction is that osteopathic medicine emphasizes primary care.
  • A degree in osteopathic medicine requires four years of academic study of which two years are dedicated to the sciences and two years to clinical rotations. Upon graduation, graduates may receive a 12-month internship approved by the American Osteopathic Association. 
  • Graduates, however, may enter either M.D. or D.O. residency programs that can last an additional three to eight years depending on the medical specialty they choose to pursue. 
  • Graduates may enter residency programs either directly from on graduation from medical school or following a one-year osteopathic internship (in some cases depending on state licensing regulations).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Physiology

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