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  1. Pip413

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    Can someone give me a good explanation on the difference between an osteopathic and an allopathic school/education/degree??? From the little that I've heard about DO's, I'm not too impressed... what are the pros/cons of each? Thanks.
     
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    check out the osteopathic forum too
     
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    In the practical world, they are the same. They can do everything an MD can do. They can specialize in any form of medicine and get paid the same. They get additional training in manual medicine. Some use it in their practice, but most do not. They also have a DO philosophy. I'm not sure what the details of it is, but my friend, an ortho surgeon (DO), said that it is common sense stuff that any MD will agree with. It is just like their flag that they wave. I am a 2nd year MD student. I applied to both DO and MD schools. I went to MD school because I thought that I would be limited because there us prejudice against DO's going into certain Allopathic residencies. I am almost positive, however, that it is really a myth. It is good that you asked the question, because you will probably work with them as your equals one day.
     
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    The differenc lies in the philosophical approach of healthcare. DOs focus on a holistic approach, where the whole body is taken into consideration when treating a disease, regardless of how specifically local the problem mght be. Hence, they receive additional trainng in manipulative medicine, reflexology amd alternative medicine. The greatest charm in the DO philosophy is that they often work with people where traditional medicine fails... e.g. a person with untreaable cancer for example may find a greater quality of life with manipulative medicine than say, the oppressive doses of chemotherapy.

    Either way, MD and DO philosophies work to achieve the same goal: deliver quality healthcare. You have to love what you're getting into to be truly happy and successful, so being unimpressed with one school of thought is a clear indicator that it might not be for you. There is no need to look for pros and cons. The best way to satisfy your interest with osteopahi medicine is to shadow an osteopathic doctor. In fact, it's highly recommended to anyone even if they've already decided to pursue an MD. I was amazed at a DO who did manipulative medicine on a patient with leukemia and her condition actually resolved in a few weeks.
     
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    Bump... teehee:hello:
     
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    In 2002, you could make a troll DO thread in Pre-Allo and only get 3 replies. These must have been dark times.
     
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    Damn I didn't know OMT could cure leukemia. That deserves another +
     
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    That's what I am sayin'! I never would have picked an MD school!
     
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    Wow. The person who posted it might have already finished medical school and residency.
     
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    DO believes foot massage cures diseases? Time to get sick and go see a DO :rolleyes:
     
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    There is no reflexology in osteopathic medicine, nor is there alternative medicine. The only difference is omm which virtually everyone ignores after graduation.

    I don't think even the cranial guys would buy leukemia being cured by omm
     
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    Might want to check the date on the post you're replying to...
     
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    This post should just be Stickied, It would answer 20% of the questions asked here.
     
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    I know, but osteopathic medicine has never taught reflexology.
     
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    Fair enough. I guess when sterling comes back and bumps this again in a decade there will at least be some accurate information in here.
     
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    My intent to post is not to the OP. It is to anyone reading the thread that might get misinformation.
     
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    In before the one's a real doctor and the other just gives drugs to patients...or the classic, one is a massager.
     
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    I'd like you to know that your presence on SDN has led me to picture a sad little kitten with a fez every time an uninformed premed at my university says something ignorant about DOs. :)
     
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