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Old 03-19-2008, 02:13 PM
 
Location: NC's southern coastline
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Default Doctors: OD vs MD

I saw this mentioned in another thread, there are 2 types of "physicians" (for the sake of my question), MD and OD. I recently moved, and there's a local dr. who is an osteopathic (OD)--whereas most doctors in the area are MDs.

What is different about this doctor's background and training, and what is likely to be different about his bedside manner or his choices for treatment? Is there an benefit to seeing an OD for certain issues (is he likely to have a more effective approach, etc)?

What is his background education, this is my #1 question about this..
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Old 03-20-2008, 05:13 AM
 
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OD's take a more comprehensive approach to the patient. They are trained to look at the whole person more vs just what the 'symptoms' are. Their technical medical training is the same as an MD. You will probably find that an OD will spend more time with you in an appointment.
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Old 03-20-2008, 06:22 AM
 
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Actually a Doctor of Osteopathy is a D.O. not an O.D. Hopefully this will help you in your search for information.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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From a practical perspective, there's probably not much difference between the two.
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Old 03-22-2008, 01:22 PM
 
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My Dr., Dr. Merryman at Austin Regional clinic is an OD and he is so smart. More than that, he is head of Austin Regional clinic. Over all the MD's
I think if an OD is all that is available to you, you really can feel safe using one.
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Nashville,Tn
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Actually a Doctor of Osteopathy is a D.O. not an O.D. Hopefully this will help you in your search for information.
Thanks for saying that. I was just about to comment on it.
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:39 PM
 
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I was born in an osteopathic hospital and my mother preferred them for medical care when we all were kids. I occasionally see DO's now as an adult. DO's as explained to me evaluate the root causes of disease (the overall condition as explained above). They receive the same training as an MD PLUS several hundred more hours in natural healing, diet, lifestyle and related therapies. They also are trained in manipulation similar to a chiropractor. Some DO's are no different than MD's. Some DO's only heal using their traditional manipulation/natural medicine. Others use a combination of the two. Overall, I find them to be excellent healers in my experience. You may want to read a book by Dr. Fulford, DO. He is in his 90's and still practicing and explains the many effective therapies that DO's are trained in. With all due respect to MD's, I would prefer a DO in most situations, but hey, that's just me.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:42 AM
 
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The DO is a better generalist and better at preventative medicine, and would probably be a better choice for your primary care physician. The MD is better at specialized care though that is starting to shift with the new emphasis on primary care in MD education.
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Old 03-25-2008, 12:25 PM
 
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I see no difference;some are good and some are not so good and some should not be preacticing at all.
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:23 PM
 
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Default DOs are every bit as good at specialized care

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The DO is a better generalist and better at preventative medicine, and would probably be a better choice for your primary care physician. The MD is better at specialized care though that is starting to shift with the new emphasis on primary care in MD education.
I realize that this is a very old forum/thread, but I just wanted to comment on the above quote from sean98125. DOs (not to be confused with ODs, as established in previous comments here) are just as good, if not better, than MDs at specialized care. Not only do they recieve more medical school training than MDs (also established earlier) but they also must complete the same specialized residency programs side-by-side with MDs and pass the same board certification exams in their specialties as MDs. They also have to keep up with their ostopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) knowledge whether they use it in their practices or not, in order to pass recertification state boards many years after med school and residency (MDs must also pass these exams, but they don't get tested on OMM, so they have it a little easier once again...)
While DO med schools differ slightly from MD schools (in that they teach more than MD schools) the post-graduate training in specialties is exactly the same, so each type of physician is equally qualified in their specialty. Both MDs and DOs can be brain surgeons, heart surgeons, internists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, physiatrists, or any other specialty in all of medicine.
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