Mission & Programs

What is a DO?

Formerly known as Doctors of Osteopathy, Osteopathic Physicians (DOs) are fully licensed to practice medicine in all specialty areas. DOs are trained to consider the health of the whole person and to use their hands to help diagnose and treat their patients.

Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine

* The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
* The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
* Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.

“The Osteopath should find health. To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.”—AT Still, DO Founder of Osteopathic Medicine

A video introduction to Osteopathic Medicine and the Foundation


Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation is a public charity serving the people of the Northwest by providing resources for programs to improve the health of the community and to promote a greater understanding of the distinctive aspects of the osteopathic medical profession.

Programs of the Foundation

  • Provide medical school scholarships to students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington who plan to return to the Northwest to practice primary care medicine.
  • Provide osteopathic programs, social events, and local DO support to osteopathic medical residents in the Northwest.
  • Hold an annual Founders Gala and Awards Event to honor DOs in front of their peers, as well as medical students, for their achievements in medicine and public service.
  • Maintain a DOs Helping DOs fund to help students, residents, physicians, and their significant others who need assistance and support in times of need.
  • Provide technical and financial support to the Alaska Osteopathic Medical Association (AKOMA), Idaho Osteopathic Physicians Association (IOPA), Montana Osteopathic Medical Association (MOMA), Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO), and Washington Osteopathic Medical Association (WOMA).