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I have been seeing doctors who have both DO and MD written after their name- how is that possible? Does that just mean they went to DO school but took both COMLEX and USMLE?
 

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3 options that I'm aware of:

1. Were foreign MD's who had a tough time getting US residencies and went to a program like NYCOM's to get a DO.

2. Bought the MD degree during the merger in California in the 1960's

3. Used a current program through some Carribean school where DO's can take a brief course and get an MD.
 

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or it's AT Still, who's still alive, working with Elvis at a Burger King in Kalamazoo Michigan... ;)
 
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jonb12997 said:
or it's AT Still, who's still alive, working with Elvis at a Burger King in Kalamazoo Michigan... ;)
That's excellent!!! :thumbup:
 

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Taus said:
3 options that I'm aware of:

1. Were foreign MD's who had a tough time getting US residencies and went to a program like NYCOM's to get a DO.

2. Bought the MD degree during the merger in California in the 1960's

3. Used a current program through some Carribean school where DO's can take a brief course and get an MD.

While these speculations may be true, I am just convinced that MDs are becoming more receptive and appreciative of OMM and osteopathic medicine approach. I was told by a DO in Boston that OMM workshops were held at Harvard Medical School for any MDs who are interested in learning about how to use manipulative and palpative techniques on their patients. It doesn't surprise me to see a certified MD go back into training for osteopathic medicine. Patients are smarter these days. They are able to do research on their own to figure how they want to be treated and who they should be treated by. OMM offers the most comprehensive care available to patients in conjunction with modern medicine, tools and procedures.
 

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I wasn't trying to comment on the efficacy of OMM....I simply stated the legitimate (NOT speculation) routes that allow/allowed some physicians to hold both degrees....

But yes, I do agree that it is becoming more accepted....and Harvard definitely offers OMM as a CME course.
 

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I would probably vote in favor of the DO was given an MD degree in California when they tried to phase out Osteopathic Medicine. I suppose you could go back to medical school, I can't imagine going through it all twice, maybe they gave them some credit for the classes they already had and allowed them to just take the Osteopathic stuff?
 

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It's not advertised very much (for obvious reasons) but what the person might have done is get a really high score on the USMLE. The NBME will actually allow DOs that score in the 99th percentile in the USMLE the right to add "MD" to their titles and stationery. Like I said, it's not advertised, and not many DOs attain those high scores, but those that do are surprised to find this out.
 

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Shinken said:
It's not advertised very much (for obvious reasons) but what the person might have done is get a really high score on the USMLE. The NBME will actually allow DOs that score in the 99th percentile in the USMLE the right to add "MD" to their titles and stationery. Like I said, it's not advertised, and not many DOs attain those high scores, but those that do are surprised to find this out.
I'll take your word for it...but I would love to see the link to that...just for the sake of curiosity...
 

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jonb12997 said:
or it's AT Still, who's still alive, working with Elvis at a Burger King in Kalamazoo Michigan... ;)
HEY, I live in Kalamazoo, Don't knock this place...

although I think I saw him at the burger king on westnedge.
 

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Shinken said:
It's not advertised very much (for obvious reasons) but what the person might have done is get a really high score on the USMLE. The NBME will actually allow DOs that score in the 99th percentile in the USMLE the right to add "MD" to their titles and stationery. Like I said, it's not advertised, and not many DOs attain those high scores, but those that do are surprised to find this out.
Hah. So you can test out of allopatic medical school? That's awesome. Which Step or do you have to score 99th on all three?

I don't think you can with any legitimacy claim to be an MD if you were not awarded that degree. It's also hard to imagine why the NBME would want to have such a policy.
 

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judgehopkins said:
HEY, I live in Kalamazoo, Don't knock this place...

although I think I saw him at the burger king on westnedge.
I used to live in Kalamazoo too (portage) when I was little... otherwise I wouldn't make fun of it ;)
 

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Shinken said:
It's not advertised very much (for obvious reasons) but what the person might have done is get a really high score on the USMLE. The NBME will actually allow DOs that score in the 99th percentile in the USMLE the right to add "MD" to their titles and stationery. Like I said, it's not advertised, and not many DOs attain those high scores, but those that do are surprised to find this out.
Come on guys -- shinken is pulling your leg. Duh.

MD = Graduated from allopathic medical school
DO = Graduated from osteopathic medical school

There are no magical pathways to either degree.
 

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Shinken said:
It's not advertised very much (for obvious reasons) but what the person might have done is get a really high score on the USMLE. The NBME will actually allow DOs that score in the 99th percentile in the USMLE the right to add "MD" to their titles and stationery. Like I said, it's not advertised, and not many DOs attain those high scores, but those that do are surprised to find this out.
yeah, ok.
 
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