Wicker Joins Effort to Recognize National Osteopathic Medicine Week

April 19, 2023

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., joined Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in reintroducing a bipartisan resolution designating this week, April 17-23, 2023, as National Osteopathic Medicine Week. The bipartisan resolution, which passed the Senate last night, recognizes the service and dedication of doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) and schools of osteopathic medicine nationwide.

“I am glad to join my colleagues in recognizing the hard work of doctors of osteopathic medicine across the country who continue to help provide care to Americans from all backgrounds,” Wicker said. “I especially appreciate the work of Mississippi’s William Carey University, which is home to a strong osteopathic medicine program.”

DOs complete four years of osteopathic medical school as well as internships, residencies and fellowships for three to eight years before they can become licensed and board-certified. DOs make up 11 percent of all physicians in the nation and practice in all specialties, with an emphasis on preventative medicine and comprehensive patient care.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.