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Old 03-03-2020, 08:08 AM
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I am trying to make a decision about a new primary care provider and have 2 doctors in mind that both have excellent ratings. One is an MD and the other is a DO (doctor of osteopathic medicine). My understanding is that they are both medical doctors with about the same training, but the DO has an approach that includes the whole body and mind and considers lifestyle factors, etc., rather than just concentrating on giving medications. Do anyone have a doctor who is a DO? If so, just wondering what you think. I like that approach better, but have always gone to an MD.

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Old 03-03-2020, 08:14 AM
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My DS is in DO medical school. He choose the DO route for the exact reasons you listed. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 03-03-2020, 09:09 AM
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Two of DH's nephews are doctors. One is an MD and one is a DO. Who would I choose for my PCP? In my case the DO. My DO nephew understands and encourages our way of eating (whole food plant based) and is always reading up/learning more about lifestyle factors. He practices what he preaches, and lives a balanced life. He is a poster boy for healthy living. His brother the MD teases him and tells him he isn't a "real" doctor, but admits that he has learned a lot from him about nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle elements.

In reality, both MD and DO go through the same coursework and clinical practice and the lines between the two are getting blurred. Nowadays you may find an MD who also integrates a whole-person perspective in their practice.
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Old 03-03-2020, 09:35 AM
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My primary care doctor is a DO. I really like him!
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Old 03-03-2020, 09:46 AM
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There used to be a big difference between MD's and DO's, and 40 years ago I wouldn't have wanted a DO as my doctor. Osteopathy originally was often lumped together with chiropractic.

I'm still a little hesitant. DO's are often on staff of hospitals today and are often the doctors smaller and/or poorer hospitals and communities can get and afford. They are becoming less rare in major hospitals, even some that are teaching hospitals. Medical schools have been slow to expand the number of doctors they're willing to turn out, and a number of osteopathy schools have grown up to fill a void. Doctors who graduate with a DO often applied to schools that would have made them an MD and didn't make the acceptance cut. That doesn't necessarily mean they're bad doctors. It just means they didn't meet the very high standards that accept a very limited number of a pool of fine candidates into medical school.

There is little difference today between young osteopaths and young medical doctors in terms of philosophy. Most would have gone to any type of medical school that would have accepted them. Many DO's practice primary care and internal medicine, but a number are now radiologists, specialists, and even surgeons, although that's a bridge too far for me.

All things being equal, I'd choose the MD. Having said that, I'm grateful to a fine radiologist who happens to be a DO and is better than the others in her medical group at reading scans!



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Old 03-03-2020, 10:45 AM
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Prior to switching insurances I had been with my doctor, a DO, for over 25 years. I really liked him, as he would prescribe meds, if needed, but also had an understanding of how diet and lifestyle may be impacting any issues I was having. My current PCP is also a DO and has been awesome.
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Old 03-03-2020, 10:59 AM
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is a D.O who decided to become a surgeon. While he is a fine doctor, he has had a difficult time getting a surgical residency, precisely because there are those who consider D.O.'s less thans, both prospective patients, and prospective teaching schools. Despite having top notch scores, an additional Masters in Medical Education, and outstanding recommendations, his match days have been abysmal.

Year 1. Didn't get matched, but in the secondary round was matched in a surgery prelim spot.

Year 2. Didn't get matched, bu t in the secondary round was matched in another surgery prelim spot.

Year 3. Pheww. Didn't have to match. Was offered a contract for a second year surgery position and onward. Having the highest scores, and at least two different surgery teams ask specifically to have a place made for him made the difference at last.

Frankly, I think that he could have gotten into an M.D. school, but wanted the philosophy of a osteopathic school and jumped at the first offer he was given. I'm not sure he would choose it again, given his experience. He's definitely qualified, but D.O.'s get no respect. So maybe they try harder?
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Old 03-03-2020, 04:40 PM
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I have used an DO for 40+ years. I have always been satisfied and love the service i have received in the 3 different practices I have used.
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Old 03-03-2020, 04:59 PM
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Doctors who graduate with a DO often applied to schools that would have made them an MD and didn't make the acceptance cut. That doesn't necessarily mean they're bad doctors. It just means they didn't meet the very high standards that accept a very limited number of a pool of fine candidates into medical school.


My niece is a DO and made the choice to be a DO over a MD. She prefers treating the whole person, not just symptoms.

Go with your gut. If you arenít happy you can always change.
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Old 03-03-2020, 05:32 PM
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I love my DO. He is the best family doctor ever. He will even do some chiropractic type things if youíre having issues.


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Old 03-03-2020, 05:38 PM
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Thank you all so much. Your advice is very helpful and appreciated!
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