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Explaining DO's for Dummies

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by realruby2000, Nov 4, 2001.

  1. realruby2000

    realruby2000 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    Hey everyone,

    sometimes people are plain dumb...or mabey they're being stupid...but sometimes when i try to explain the differences between and MD and a DO (which are almost none), some slow retards start thinking im a chiropractor/homeopathic herb man. and some dont understand that osteopathic medical schools are medical schools just like allopathic! anyone have a quick and simple way of getting such an easy concept accross? would it be ok to sy DO = MD + chiroprct? :confused:
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  3. EMDrMoe

    EMDrMoe Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    My 2 cents: No, I don't think that's appropriate. It is very difficult to describe some occupations to people, and as an Athletic Trainer, I totally understand. However, I don't think it does any profession justice to describe it in terms of other professions. Then, it sounds like the job, in and of itself, can be done by other people, trained elsewhere. Each job has its own attributes. Extole those virtues and go from there.
  4. Aloha Kid

    Aloha Kid Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2001
    This is a pretty tough one. For those who are really interested, I go into details about Osteopaths vs. Allopathic.

    For the most part I just say, I love being an Osteopathic student and that I have no regrets. Then I say, I'm trying to become the best doctor I can be.

    For most people, they aren't really interested in the subtle diefferences in Osteopathic vs. Allopathic. What they are interested in is to see how you respond and what kind of individual you are. Show them you are not a subpar individual, and this can only speak well of the Osteopathic profession.

    Osteopathic is more like a term. What matters is the people who represent the term.
  5. rpames

    rpames Optometrist 10+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Oshkosh, WI
    My answer is:
    DO's and MD's are indentical in schooling time and medical education but DO's pay closer attention to the muscular/skeletel system. They perfer to treat patients with as few chemicals as possible but have the same rights and privilages MD's have in ability to perscribe drugs and perform surgery.

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