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limitations of osteopathic medicine

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by KatieJune, Jul 30, 2002.

  1. KatieJune

    KatieJune Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 9, 2002
    Hello. I'm sorry if this sounds uneducated, but what do you guys think there are any limitations of osteopathic medicine compared to allopathic? (especially in terms of employment?) Osteopathic schools sound great, but I don't know any DOs so I just was curious. Thanks!
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  3. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    The main limitations come when one attempts to practice medicine outside of the United States. Other than that, it's more an issue of difficulty in pursuing certain ultra-competitive specialities than actual limitations. The same problems occur with many allopathic schools.
  4. Toejam

    Toejam Terminal Student 7+ Year Member

    May 12, 2002
    35 miles from Pomona
    Hey KatieJune

    Don't worry about asking questions. This is how the public becomes educated. I'm neither a DO nor a DO student, but I aspire to be. I'll tell you what I know.

    First off, Osteopathic Physicians have the title DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), not OD. OD is reserved for optometrists.

    The other poster is correct in saying that the only limitation for DO's vs. MD's is the ability to practice anywhere overseas. DO's can practice full scope medicine in a lot of countries, limited scope (usually meaning physical manipulation and no surgery, no prescriptions) in others and cannot practice at all in a small minority.

    Other than that, DO's can enter any specialty of medicine that MD's do (Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, OB/GYN, Emergency Medicine, etc.). They do the same residencies with MD residents and also with other DO's in DO affiliated residencies and have all of the same rights and responsibilities.

    DO's also learn something called OMM (Osteopathic Manipulative has other names as well). I'm no expert, but I believe it utilizes physical manipulation of the musculoskeletal system to improve certain conditions. DO's and DO students would have a better grasp on this (I'm a podiatrist). There are also more DO's who practice primary care medicine compared with MD's.

    There are books that you can read that will give you a good perspective on DO's and their history. Look under "osteopathic" on
  5. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2000
    Here you will find a listing of countries other than the United States and their policy towards DOs practicing.


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