DO's being passed off as Medical doctors
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Truth

Richmond, KY

#21 Mar 4, 2013
Guys, you can't pull the wool over my eyes on this one. No, I'm not a physician of any sort. However my wife is a DO. I'm very aware of what manipulation is, and is not. There is some value to be had, however even experts cannot agree on how to treat the same conditions. And there are things taught that have no basis in science at all.

It is true that the basics are taught to DO's and MD's. However you cannot say that the educations are identical other than the osteopathic manipulations. The time that future DO's spend learning that aspect is time that MD's spend on the basic sciences. To add something you must remove something else. This by no means indicates that a DO is less qualified to do anything, however they do miss out on things.

I personally know of a small handful of DO's that truly had their choice. The majority are there because something was lacking. DO's love to point to the rural medicine aspect, however that's little more than a lobbying point. In reality you're just as likely to find an MD in rural areas as you are a DO. And there are many DO's in large metropolitan areas. Yes, creating more physicians is great for rural areas, but there is nothing in the DO curriculum that makes them somehow better suited for rural areas.

As I said, I have long made the choice to see a DO.(In fact my wife didn't know there was such a thing as a DO until I pointed her towards the medical school she ended up attending.) There are differences and some pluses and minuses to both types of physicians. In reality I don't have any problem with people speaking poorly of DO's. It keeps my waiting time down when I go to the doctor. It isn't hurting the DO's any, they still have plenty of patients waiting to see them every day.
quiet respect

Pikeville, KY

#22 Mar 4, 2013
Truth wrote:
Guys, you can't pull the wool over my eyes on this one. No, I'm not a physician of any sort. However my wife is a DO. I'm very aware of what manipulation is, and is not. There is some value to be had, however even experts cannot agree on how to treat the same conditions. And there are things taught that have no basis in science at all.
It is true that the basics are taught to DO's and MD's. However you cannot say that the educations are identical other than the osteopathic manipulations. The time that future DO's spend learning that aspect is time that MD's spend on the basic sciences. To add something you must remove something else. This by no means indicates that a DO is less qualified to do anything, however they do miss out on things.
I personally know of a small handful of DO's that truly had their choice. The majority are there because something was lacking. DO's love to point to the rural medicine aspect, however that's little more than a lobbying point. In reality you're just as likely to find an MD in rural areas as you are a DO. And there are many DO's in large metropolitan areas. Yes, creating more physicians is great for rural areas, but there is nothing in the DO curriculum that makes them somehow better suited for rural areas.
As I said, I have long made the choice to see a DO.(In fact my wife didn't know there was such a thing as a DO until I pointed her towards the medical school she ended up attending.) There are differences and some pluses and minuses to both types of physicians. In reality I don't have any problem with people speaking poorly of DO's. It keeps my waiting time down when I go to the doctor. It isn't hurting the DO's any, they still have plenty of patients waiting to see them every day.
I am certainly not trying to "pull the wool over" anyone's eyes. I am knowledgeable about the profession, and am also a personal friend of the AOA executive director and many osteopathic physicians. I am very aware of the educational curriculum that is given to osteopathic medical students.

As far as DOs in rural areas, for many years they were the most likely physician to be willing to serve the medical needs of patients in rural areas as many became family practitioners. Now more are choosing to do enter extended residency programs and became specialized in other areas.

I personally do have a problem with people speaking ill of these particular physicians because it is not justified, and comes from ignorance. If you have a DO physician that you don't have to wait to see you might want to let people know who they are, because I have never gone to any doctor (osteopathic or allopathic) where I didn't have to wait.
Truth

Richmond, KY

#23 Mar 5, 2013
Allopathic is a derogatory term that doesn't need to be used in this discussion. Other than the ignorant original poster I haven't seen anything derogatory posted by anyone else.(And I'm surprised to see it as well. I haven't run across anyone that used that term since my wife graduated med school.)

You're somewhat correct about DO's and rural areas. In many rural areas they don't know what a DO is simply because they've never seen one. If there isn't an osteopathic school in the area it is unlikely that the physicians are going to end up there. It seems that MD's are more willing to relocate for school, residency, and employment than most DO's are. I have no clue why, but that's what I've noticed in my travels.

As far as sharing my doctor, I'll avoid that. He sees plenty of patients and makes a nice living. However he isn't always overbooked and thus can actually see patients with a minimal wait time. My last appointment was at 8:30 and I was out of the office by 8:50. I couldn't ask for anything better.
wtf

Pikeville, KY

#25 Mar 7, 2013
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