The great majority of pre-health students at Princeton aspire to become physicians. There are two routes to becoming a licensed physician.
Allopathic medicine is the more well-known option, leading to the MD degree.
Osteopathic medicine grew out of allopathic medicine in the late 1800s and emphasizes holistic treatment, wellness, and preventative care. Key tenets in the field include the belief that structure influences function, and the belief that the body has the innate ability to heal itself. About 1 in 5 medical students today is in osteopathic medical school, and though DOs practice in all fields of medicine, many DO schools support the education of primary care physicians as part of their missions.
- A list of all dual degree programs at osteopathic medical schools is available here. (pdf)