The majority of physicians in America are MDs (Doctor of Medicine), but a growing number of medical students are choosing to go the route of DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) instead. Many students are probably wondering what the differences are between MD and DO, and if one is better than the other.
While the majority of doctors in the US have MDs (Medical Degree), others have DO degrees (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree). Here, the similarities and differences between an MD and DO—and which one is best for you.
My previous post on osteopathic medical training—suggesting that osteopathic physicians, on average, may not be as good as doctors with MD degrees—received a flood of negative comments. In retrospect, it was too harsh.
Osteopathic schools turn out nearly a quarter of all med school grads.
After finishing my first and second years of medical school, I put together the following tips for today’s new med students. Above all else, I’d advise you to be true to yourself, remember those who helped you make your dreams come true, and try to enjoy this journey as much as possible.
Preparing for and taking these exams is often stressful and difficult, but a strategic approach can boost your confidence.
We try to provide you with recent information about osteopathic medical schools. We aim to provide useful information to both pre-med students and current osteopathic medical students.
This comprehensive site provides an explanation of osteopathic and allopathic medicine and compares the two, provides osteopathic links, and includes a chat room where premed and medical students can post questions and have them answered by peers. It is also an informative site where pre-osteopathic students can ask questions and communicate with other osteopathic and pre-osteopathic students from all over the country.
SOMA is the student affiliate organization of the AOA.
Keeping you up to date on osteopathic medicine.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are complete physicians who practice in every medical specialty. DOs are trained to first consider the person within the patient.
“Boards & Beyond takes everything you’re learning in class and puts it in a 10-minute video,” says Jenna Campbell, OMS II, of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “It’s good for visual learners because they have a lot of diagrams and pictures. It’s a really good tool for someone who doesn’t want all of their studying to be reading and book-based.”
Welcome to the on-line, continuing medical education site at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. This home page is your gateway to a unique and effective learning experience.
Osteopaths are regularly challenged by insurance companies, MDs and other healthcare professionals for not having any scientific research to back up osteopathic medicine. At the same time there is a lot of interesting research done all over the world that is relevant to osteopathy but hardly known.
The AOA serves as the professional family not only for DOs, but for more than 18,000 osteopathic medical students at 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine throughout the U.S. As you complete your education and training, we offer a wealth of resources to help navigate your path.
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