The practice of medicine is still the pinnacle of the health professions. The days of the general practitioner has been replaced by specialist and subspecialist. The practice of medicine is still evolving. The model of the physician seeing patients in the office is giving way to physicians exclusively seeing patients in the office or exclusively seeing patients in the hospital.
Physicians are either allopaths (MD) or osteopaths (DO). Osteopaths take a holistic approach and utilize osteopathic manual manipulative. Allopaths and Osteopaths may be licensed by the same medical board or by different medical boards depending on the state. After that, all differences end. Today it is common to find both allopaths and osteopaths in the same group practice.