HOPE THIS HELPS CLARIFY HE DIFFERENCE OF MD VS DO FORM about
SURGERY.COM WE HAVE BOTH DO'S AND MD AT OUR FACILITY AND HONESTLY SPEAKING THE DO TO ME IS BETTER EDUCATED. OR SEEMS SO.
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.