1874

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The founder of osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still, creates a new branch of medical practice which asserts that problems in the body’s structure can be corrected through the use of manual techniques, thereby greatly improving the body’s ability to function and heal itself.

1892

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American School of Osteopathy is established in Kirksville, MO.

1951

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U.S. Congress amends the Social Security Act to include osteopathic physicians, giving a once controversial healthcare option validation.

1969

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The American Medical Association accepts qualified osteopathic physicians as full and active members.

1973

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All 50 states and the District of Columbia recognize the doctor of osteopathy (DO) degree.

2007

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Osteopaths have practice rights in 45 countries, although most countries do not require the same stringent training and education as the United States.

2014

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Osteopath residency standards begin to be aligned (fully in place by 2020) with those of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, putting much of osteopathic education and training requirements on par with medical doctor requirements.

2017

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There are more than 108,000 osteopathic doctors in the United States. One in four U.S. medical students is enrolled in a college of osteopathic medicine.