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what's the deal w/ "omd"

Discussion in 'Ophthalmology: Eye Physicians & Surgeons' started by johnstoner, May 3, 2007.

  1. johnstoner

    johnstoner Ben Franklin on Hashish 7+ Year Member

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    why do people here refer to ophthalmologists as omds? OMDs if i remember correctly mean doctor of oriental medicine.
     
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  3. intoxicatedtiger

    intoxicatedtiger 10+ Year Member

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    It can also refer to the '80s band: Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, who sang "If you leave." I love that song.
     
  4. PDT4CNV

    PDT4CNV Physician/Surgeon 5+ Year Member

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    It is a term that optometry came up with. Similar to why anesthesiologists are called MDA's (in comparison to CRNA's).

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology came up with the term "Eye MD".

    I think it is all stupid. A physician is a physician. A mid-level is a mid-level.
     
  5. AwesomeSauce

    AwesomeSauce 2+ Year Member

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    I think its just because its easier and faster to type. When you say or type OD everyone knows exactly what you mean. MD is no good for shorthand, its way to broad. Thus "OMD" I dont think its a turf battle type thing, its just shorthand.
     
  6. PDT4CNV

    PDT4CNV Physician/Surgeon 5+ Year Member

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    Is RMD shorthand for rheumatology? What's shorthand for radiation oncology?
     
  7. AwesomeSauce

    AwesomeSauce 2+ Year Member

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    obviously these specialties have not developed little shorthand things. Maybe that's because there is no non-physician analog for these professions. Sometimes when you are referring to two differant types of eye doctors its just an easier way to differentiate.

    There is no malice behind the term, I dont know why you find it so disparaging. "Eye MD" is more of a poltical thing or marketing tool. OMD is just internet shorthand, correct me if I'm wrong, but I dont think you ever see it anywhere else.
     
  8. FlightDoc80

    FlightDoc80 Intern Physician

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    Does this all really matter...I mean, aren't we all here just to do something good for society. Well, don't reply, I know we all aren't, but who cares what degree and designation a person is...all of us are part of a bigger picture in health care. Everyone needs the other to make things run smoothly. People are just people. Just cause I went to school longer than someone else, doesn't mean I'm any better nor worse. I just had to type this before it gets out of hand.
     
  9. Caffeinated

    Caffeinated Army Strong 7+ Year Member

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    Excellent. "If You Leave" was made famous by the 80s brat-pack movie Pretty In Pink. I had the Best of OMD on cassette tape in high school. I may have to download this song from iTunes. Nothing like getting back to your roots.
     
  10. Long Dong

    Long Dong My middle name is Duc. 10+ Year Member

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    Pretty in Pink, I love that move. And that is where I fell in love with the sexy american girlfriend.
     
  11. KHE

    KHE Senior Member Optometrist SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

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    If you want to get back to those roots, I noted with much glee that POISON is having a summer tour with none other than RATT and WHITE LION!

    Oooo yea. Gonna be nothin but a good time.
     
  12. Caffeinated

    Caffeinated Army Strong 7+ Year Member

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    I had a RATT t-shirt back in 6th grade. I was too young to go to the concert, but my older brother had a classmate that picked it up for me at the show. I used to wear it with parachute pants.
     
  13. orbitsurgMD

    orbitsurgMD Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Oh--My--Dog.
     
  14. DiveMD

    DiveMD Giggity giggity!!! Physician 7+ Year Member

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    Oh-My-Deity?
     

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