A different kind of doctor

Many kinds of doctors make a difference in their patients’ lives. Have you ever heard of a D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy? Osteopathic physicians are licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery, just like their M.D. counterparts.

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The American Osteopathic Association says 60 percent of practicing osteopathic physicians practice in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology. They take a holistic approach, combining medical technology with treating the whole person. And this field is growing. In spring 2012, 54 percent more students graduated from osteopathic medical schools than a decade ago, according to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, from 7-9 p.m., 14 of the 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. will have representatives at Wake Forest to talk with students who are considering a medical career. Pat Lord, the director of the pre-health professions program, says that the admissions officers and deans who will be at the information session will be able to talk with students about osteopathic medicine and medical schools as well as the best ways to prepare for medical school.

The event will be held in Winston Hall, rooms 125 and 126. Desserts will be provided. Faculty with students who are interested in a medical career should encourage them to attend. Prospective students visiting campus are also welcome.

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