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So are all D.O. doctors surgeons? what are different types of D.O. doctors if there are any besides surgeons?
AOA (2006) said:Osteopathic medicine is emerging as one of our nation's fastest growing healthcare professions. And with good reason. Because of their commitment to primary care and prevention, osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) are becoming the physicians of choice for more and more people. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes the inter-relationship of the body's nerves, muscles, bones and organs. The osteopathic philosophy of treating the whole person is applied to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness, disease and injury.
Because osteopathic medical education places a strong emphasis on primary medical care, more than 65% of all D.O.s practice in these areas including family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics. While the majority of D.O.s provide primary care, they can also specialize in any area of medicine from psychiatry to cardiology to ophthalmology.
Active D.O.s by self-identified specialty category
Specialty Number Percentage
Family medicine 18,234 46.43
Internal medicine 3,256 8.29
Pediatrics 1,660 4.23
OB/Gyn 1,544 3.93
OMT/OMM 459 1.17
Nonprimary care 14,115 35.95
Unknown 267 -
Subtotal 39,535 100.0
• D.O.s assumed to be in
postdoctoral training 13,292
* Statistic represents D.O.s under the age of 65 who have not notified the AOA that they have retired.
•D.O.s who graduated after January 1, 2002 are assumed to be in post doctoral training.
The statistics are current as of June 1, 2006.
DO = MD; both are physicians. The more important question you need to ask yourself is, "Can I be a radiologist."
So are all D.O. doctors surgeons?
what are different types of D.O. doctors if there are any besides surgeons?
Only the ones who choose to be surgeons are surgeons.
Thats a start. There are others
PCOM has a strong tradition of generating specialist (not sure about strictly surgery though). Work your butt off at any school and you can become a surgeon. Just becuase you graduate from a particular school doesn't mean that PD's are going say, "we need this guy becuase he's from......." You still have to earn your spot. I would suggest talking to JP about this as he is not only from PCOM but just matched surgery.
Im biased so I will say yes.
But I have facts to base that on.
PM me for more info. (not everyone )