Within the United States there are two types of physicians: Allopathic physicians, or M.D.’s, and Osteopathic physicians, or D.O.’s. Both MD’s and DO’s are fully qualified physicians
licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery. Students entering both DO and MD medical schools typically have already completed 4-year bachelor’s degrees.
- Both DO’s and MD’s complete 4 years of basic medical education.
- Both DO’s and MD’s are Board Certified in all specialties.
- Both DO’s and MD’s must pass comparable examinations to obtain state licenses.
- Both DO’s and MD’s practice in accredited and licensed healthcare facilities.
Osteopathic physicians believe that Structure Equals Function and that the Body has the Inherent Ability to Heal Itself.
The osteopathic philosophy emphasizes the “Whole Person” approach to medical care. Instead of just seeing the patient as one illness or symptom, the body is regarded as an integrated whole.
Osteopathic physicians receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system. This extra training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of how an illness or injury in one part of the body can affect other parts. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment is incorporated into an Osteopathic physician’s training and within some their practices.
More information about Osteopathic physicians can be found at the website of the
American Osteopathic Association.
More information about Osteopathic surgeons can be found at the website of the
American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.