M.D vs. D.O

Issues specific to osteopathic medical education and practice as a DO.

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M.D vs. D.O

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What is the real difference between Allopathic medicine and Osteopathic? Is M.D degree considered to be more prestigious then D.O degree? Is there any available statistics about D.O ‘ s residencies?

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For info on Osteopathic medicine see the website for American Osteopathic Association (http://www.aoa-net.org/) and for information on MD schools see www.aamc.org

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well , MD is not better than DO

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MD and DO both have similar clinical rights.
MDs treat the symptoms and disease
DOs treat the patient holistically. you are more likely to form a longterm relationship with a patient as a DO

The disadvantage of DO is that some hospitals do not hire DOs.

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Post by krust3 »

D.O.'s are no more likely to develop a long term relationship with their patients than M.D.'s.

allopathic medicine is a biochemical approach to pathophysiology. symptoms correlate to specific disease entities, which result in a focussed treatment. osteopathic medicine incorporates the same biochemistry with a bio-psychosocial approach. D.O.'s try to facilitate the body's natural tendency to heal itself, and they evaluate the entire person including home and work environments when developing a treatment plan.

these are largely philosophical differences. realistically, the only difference is that D.O.'s can practice joint/spinal manipulation, M.D.'s do not manipulate. the difference in schooling is that D.O.'s must take the COMLEX exam instead of the USMLE, but can also take the USMLE if they want to compete for an allopathic residency. otherwise they can complete an osteopathic residency. you will find D.O.'s in every specialty area of medicine that you find M.D.'s.

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