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My nephrologist is a DO and I absolutely love him! He could tell I was tense one day so he spontaneously gave me a neck rub. It was heaven and definitely relaxed me. He does believe in the whole body approach and has acted as my PCP on many occasions. He is a brilliant man who also happens to be kind, compassionate, caring, funny, and one of the friendliest people I have ever met. Too bad they all can't be that way.
Hi Rosie, the last 2 pcp's I've had just happened to be D.O.. I didn't pick them that way on purpose it just turned out their specialty for bones. I really like both of them .I had to change because I moved to oklahoma but I was lucky and got another good one. It actually is good for me with my osteo but they both were very on top of regular MD stuff. In my case if I didn't know they had the DO in the name I would have never known the difference.
Good luck finding a good doctor
Post Edited (okie) : 8/24/2007 2:15:45 AM (GMT-6)
The differences between a DO and an MD stem from differences in teaching styles and focus during medical school. Osteopathic schools have long instructed medical students in looking at the whole patient, rather than the injured or diseased part. While this was a major difference in the past, MD programs are also embracing the “whole person” approach, so this difference is not as notable as it once was. Both schools are now educating future doctors to be aware of the patient as a whole person, not a set of symptoms.
DO students are also educated in Osteopathic Medical Treatment (OMT), which is body manipulation similar to that which is done by chiropractors. Not all DO physicians use OMT in their practice.
For example, imagine a patient who goes to his family physician because of chronic headaches. A patient who has a headache who goes to an MD will likely to be examined and tested thoroughly for medical reasons for a headache, while a DO may include manipulation of the neck in his evaluation.
I am entering into this discussion pretty late - but I just saw it today. The best doctor I ever had was a D.O. and not only did he look at the body as a whole, but he took into account what was currently going on in your life - i.e. he considered you as an individual. I've had nothing but M.D.s since ( we moved out of state) and none of them can hold a candle to my old D.O. I really think they were the original "integrative medicine" doctors. As someone said, M.D.s are getting some different and more inclusive training these days, but if I were shopping for a new doc, I would certainly seek the option of a D.O. Anyone can be a crummy doc, regardless of the letters after their name - but in my humble opinion - the probablitity of finding a doctor more intent on listening and less focused on his prescription pad is higher with a D.O. than M.D. There are too many doctor's who practice "cookbook" medicine. If you don't happen to fit the recipe - they don't know what to do with you. I want someone who will look beyond the obvious and absolutes - and consider the "lesser" connections.
Ok - stepping off my soapbox now! Good luck with your search, Rosie!
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