What's the difference between an MD and a DO? I have always wondered if one requires more study and more time than the other? Does anyone know?
Practically speaking, on match day, no difference.
You name a specialty and I'll name DOs working in it.
That said, DO programs tend to emphasize primary care and osteopathic manipulations. Here in California, though, there are very few "5 finger osteopaths" (meaning those who actually perform manipulations). I actually picked my PCP precisely because he performs manipulative therapies, though I've only once utilized his services in that area.
Long ago, I was at a seminar introducing aspiring physicians to osteopathy. I volunteered to be a test subject. I was asked to walk down a flight of stairs toward the physician who then provided an evaluation of my gait, an assessment of what kinds of problems I experience, and the likely cause of my gait deviation. It was pretty amazing how spot-on she was. Parenthetically, my current PCP was actually in the audience that day although we were unacquainted at the time; it wasn't until our third office visit that he mentioned that occurrence which I had long since forgotten.
From a med school perspective, I'd call the DOs more broadly educated than their MD counterparts since they study manipulative therapies in addition to the traditional medical therapies.
The guy who started chiropractic was a DO dropout, I believe.
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