Osteopathic physicians are fully qualified physicians who can prescribe medication, practice medicine in any specialty and work in accredited health-care facilities, according to the American Osteopathic Association. Osteopathic physicians are very similar to medical doctors.
Osteopathic physicians and medical doctors both take similar courses and have to take the same amount of schooling to become licensed. They also both take comparable licensing examinations in order to become fully accredited physicians. In their practice, osteopathic doctors typically practice medicine in rural areas and often choose primary care specialities such as family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics, states the American Osteopathic Association.