DOs And MDs are alike in many ways…
If you’re like many people, you’ve been going to a doctor ever since you were born, and perhaps were not aware whether you were seeing a D.O. (osteopathic physician) or M.D. (allopathic physician). You may not even be aware that there are two types of complete physicians in the United States.
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The fact is that both D.O.s and M.D.s are fully qualified physicians licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication.
- Applicants to both D.O, and M.D. medical colleges typically have a four – year undergraduate degree with an emphasis on scientific courses.
- Both D.O.s and M.D.s complete for years of basic medical education.
- After medical school, both D.O.s and M.D.s can choose to practice in a specialty area of medicine—such as pediatrics, family practice, psychiatry, surgery or obstetrics—after completing a residency program (typically two to six years of additional training).
- Both D.O.s and M.D.s must pass comparable state licensing examinations.
- D.O.s and M.D.s both practice in fully accredited and licensed health care facilities.
- D.O.S comprise a separate, yet equal, branch of American medical care. Together, D.O.s and M.D.s enhance the state of care available in the United States
What Does Your Osteopath Do?
Understanding the Difference Between MD’s and DO’s
D.O.s receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system—your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that make up two—thirds of its body mass. This training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of the ways that an injury or illness in one part of the body can affect another.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is incorporated in the training and practice of osteopathic physicians. With OMT, osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose injury and illness, and encourage your body’s natural tendency toward good health. By combining all available medical procedures with OMT, D.O.s offer patients the most comprehensive care available. In medicine today.
Hearing. Seeing. Touching.
Today, osteopathic physicians continue to be on the cutting edge of modern medicine. D.O.s are able to combine today’s medical technology with their ears, to listen caringly to their patients; their eyes, to see their patients as whole persons; and their hands, to diagnose and treat injury as well as illness.
How You Can Help Your D.O.
Patients can feel more in control of their health by asking the doctor questions, researching health topics on-line, actively participating in treatment decisions, and understanding the cost of care. Additionally, patients need to tell the doctor the truth about their health, learn how to avoid unsafe health environments, know the family’s health history, and become a health care team member with the doctors and their staff…. And the insurance companies.