D.O. or M.D. - What’s the difference? Which
do I choose?
D.O.s ( Doctors of Osteopathy or Osteopaths) and M.D.s (Doctors of Medicine or
Allopaths) are the only two professions considered complete
Physicians. Our education is almost identical. We both attend a four-year, fully
accredited medical school with academic and clinical emphasis on medical
education. After medical school both D.O.s and M.D.s can choose to practice in
any specialty area of medicine after completing a residency program in their
particular chosen field. A majority of D.O.s choose a
career in Family Practice. Both D.O.s and M.D.s must pass state licensing
examinations and both practice in fully accredited and licensed hospitals or medical centers.
D.O.s, however, bring something extra special to medicine. We have a Philosophy
that we are founded on and we practice a holistic, "whole person"
approach to medicine. Instead of treating specific symptoms or illnesses, we
regard your body as an integrated whole. Osteopathic physicians also focus on
A D.O.'s training includes, beyond the normal medical curriculum, extensive
training in manual manipulation as a treatment to improve body function through
addressing body structure. Osteopathic physicians receive additional
in the musculoskeletal system, your body's interconnected system of muscles, nerves,
bones and blood vessels. This training
provides them with a better understanding of the way in which
an injury or illness in one part of the body can affect another area of the
body. We believe
it also gives D.O.s a therapeutic and diagnostic advantage over those who do not
receive extra training.
Medicine or Treatment (OMM or OMT)
is incorporated in the training and practice of all osteopathic physicians. With
OMT, osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose injury and illness and
encourage your body's natural tendency towards good health. By combining all
other medical procedures with OMT, D.O.s offer their patients the most
comprehensive care available in medicine today.
FUN FACT: It is recorded in the literature that 21,000,000 people died
worldwide in the flu epidemic of 1917-18. Medical hospitals in America reported
a 30 to 40 percent mortality rate. However, osteopathic patients had a mortality
rate of less than one percent.