How about simply putting it as "the way everyone is taught to treat primary care patients today"?
Good lord, I think I'm becoming one of those people who have their head stuck up their ***, and then attempt to obfuscate everything. Thank the heavens you are around, DKM, to provide reality checks every now and then.
Happy to help. If I can prevent one person from becoming brainwashed into thinking that osteopathic schools have any significant and beneficial differences over allopathic programs, I've accomplished something.
I think if u dont want to go to primary care...nobody can push u.
Let me state up front that I don't think DO schools have the corner on the primary care market and they do not have a method that's exclusive to osteopaths (other than manual medicine--if you can find one that really does it regularly). I think physicians treat to a standard of care.
That said, I see nothing inaccurate with talking about an osteopathic philosophy and calling it such straight up. DO schools teach this philosophy (and the 4 principles it's derived from) in all the schools using the exact words, applications, etc. If MD schools include the same info, I bet it's not packaged the same way at all ~125 schools.
Maybe I'm just arguing semantics...
Personally I'm not above saying I would strongly consider going into primary care if it would help my case; EM is basically primary care so I'm not technically lyingtrue, but some schools try to admit students that they think will go into primary care, thus trying to manipulate things. When I interviewed at some MD programs they said they didn't care what field we went into, then others said they wanted primary care doctors. I got lots of love from the first type and no love from the second type.
Well, it is semantics because the osteopaths (the extreme minority mind you) are trying so desperately to grasp at any potential- and artificial- seperation from the allopathic side of medicine, that to allow them to continue to falsely stake a claim on something they have no exclusive right to is to continue to allow them to hold the profession back from complete and total acceptance and the schools from being more than a safety net for people who could not get into an MD program.
I know you get a lot of this information from SDN and other secondary sources
maybe those that continually complain about how similar the two are, were the ones who didnt really buy into the philosophy in the first place while those that do actually notice and do see a difference and actually apply that with their practice
dkm this may be true or not, but I will resolve any opinion of this nature until I am truly knee deep into medical school and actually see and experience it for myself. I know you get a lot of this information from SDN and other secondary sources, but I want to see for myself how totally different the philosophy/schools of thought are...maybe those that continually complain about how similar the two are, were the ones who didnt really buy into the philosophy in the first place while those that do actually notice and do see a difference and actually apply that with their practice (through their attitudes and hands on approach...etc maybe OMM for some)