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    Actually Doctor of Osteopathy is an outdated term, the original title was Diplomat of Osteopathy when A.T. Still, MD only taught his students OMM and Anatomy, which then evolved into Doctor of Osteopathy as more forms of treatment such as surgery were taught. Our official title is Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine now as we are trained in Pharmacology (yes Dr. Still eventually had to allow medicine be taught), Surgery, and all aspects of modern medicine. We are medical doctors. Things have changed since people expected to die when they called their doctor to bleed them dry or administer some poison, and as things change so does our profession. It’s in that ability to adapt and be dynamic that makes our profession so great. If modern medicine went down a road to harm patients again I am sure we would diverge once again.
     

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      thanks for the info. Seems like there are a few areas where there is a problem with titles.


      Nate said:
      Actually Doctor of Osteopathy is an outdated term, the original title was Diplomat of Osteopathy when A.T. Still, MD only taught his students OMM and Anatomy, which then evolved into Doctor of Osteopathy as more forms of treatment such as surgery were taught. Our official title is Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine now as we are trained in Pharmacology (yes Dr. Still eventually had to allow medicine be taught), Surgery, and all aspects of modern medicine. We are medical doctors. Things have changed since people expected to die when they called their doctor to bleed them dry or administer some poison, and as things change so does our profession. It’s in that ability to adapt and be dynamic that makes our profession so great. If modern medicine went down a road to harm patients again I am sure we would diverge once again.
       

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        HunterGatherer said:
        MD=medicinae doctor/doctor of medicine
        DO=doctor of osteopathy

        I'm thinking if you go around telling people you are a "medical doctor" which sounds strange they will think you mean MD.

        No, Doctor of Osteopathy is an outdated term. This is only used to describe International Doctors that learn only OMM and not medicine (i.e. in Great Britain).

        DO = Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

        MD = Doctor of Medicine (Doctor of Allopathic Medicine)

        Both are Doctors of Medicine (the DO degree simply has an added adjective, implying the additional training in osteopathic manual medicine)
         

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          Yup, medical doctor goes for both types of physicians. It is not a specific degree. I actually stumbled on a website that said there are 2 types of doctors " Medical Doctors and Osteopathic Doctors" ... I emailed them that it is incorrect (Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Osteopathy) and they changed it. It is a common mistake but to answer you question, both types of physicians are medical doctors.
           
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