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Old Yesterday, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I gave up on both and now have a Nurse Practitioner for my PCP.
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Old Yesterday, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I gave up on both and now have a Nurse Practitioner for my PCP.
I've never had to go that route as my IM and DO serve me very well. And I'm my first doc anyway.
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Old Yesterday, 05:37 PM
 
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I gave up on both and now have a Nurse Practitioner for my PCP.
LOL....as an NP for 40 years...I take that as a compliment to my profession!

Many patients do prefer us as we tend to listen better and can be more patient and compassionate...not to say that other levels are not!

As for the issue re MD vs DO....for 20 years I worked in a practice that had both...I did find these DOs equally good...I especially liked them to read xrays I ordered, as they were very knowledgeable in ortho..
That said..I would prefer specialists for surgery, esp complex type...

BTW..DOs are not MDs...tho they are physicians and take the same boards! It does depend upon the program they attended tho..

No decades ago that was not the case! DOs were pretty much those who could not get into medical schools...
Times have changed, DOs have changed as well,,,
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Old Today, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I'm looking for a new GP in the Miami/South Miami/Coral Gables/Dadeland/Pinecrest area. I'm researching approximately 6 doctors after filtering in/out things in my search. They are about half and half MD vs DO.

1. What is the best one to go with all other things being equal?

2. How do the 2 types of doctors work? What do they do the same and different with the patient?

3. Are they both Medical Doctors?

4. Anything else I should know to make a decision?

Many Thanks! SB
There used to be more difference than now. both have similar educations and both practice in a similar way. Here in NWA we often have them working in the same office or building. There was a time when DOs were more into natural medicine but that has changed or it appears to have changed. we have always used MDs and now have a DO. He is our second and we are quite satisfied with him. He may not be a quick to refer us to specialists but that is ok with me. I like a doctor that is relaxed over one that is too quick to jump.
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Old Today, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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There used to be more difference than now. both have similar educations and both practice in a similar way. Here in NWA we often have them working in the same office or building. There was a time when DOs were more into natural medicine but that has changed or it appears to have changed. we have always used MDs and now have a DO. He is our second and we are quite satisfied with him. He may not be a quick to refer us to specialists but that is ok with me. I like a doctor that is relaxed over one that is too quick to jump.
Good that you are having positive comments. I have had 2 DO's in my life one for 30some yrs and now the one I have now for working on my damaged body. He is very aware of my knee issue and often says "knee replacement" and I say NO, and since the homeopathic gel I'm using now into 6 months my knee is improving..so miracles can happen, or healings.
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Old Today, 12:27 PM
 
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Today, DOs and MDs are basically the same.



Unlike the past when the osteopathic hospital here in town was wherethe quality of care was soo poor that it was closed because of being a death trap.


Luckilly, almost all of those old DO's have died off by now


Even though their educations are very similar, with few exceptions, given the choice; I would pick an MD over a DO every time
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Old Today, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Luckilly!!! The D.O. I had in my life for 30 years got my thyroid fixed after 10 yrs of MD's failing me....and he worked into his 90's....luckily. This good ole D.O. got me on Armour, no labs, and 10 yrs of depression lifted. Moderator cut: deleted inflammatory remark

This D.O. is right high up on my list of most valuable people in my life.

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Old Today, 12:42 PM
 
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Today, DOs and MDs are basically the same.



Unlike the past when the osteopathic hospital here in town was wherethe quality of care was soo poor that it was closed because of being a death trap.


Luckilly, almost all of those old DO's have died off by now


Even though their educations are very similar, with few exceptions, given the choice; I would pick an MD over a DO every time
Having worked a an NP with both I find this new generation of DOs excellent..

As a primary care I would choose either , tho so many practices in our area are big have both plus NPs

For major surgery only board certified MD for us..

I always check credentials and schooling, residency and fellowship


Not to say we havenít ass..Oleg well educated eras..one visit and we never return..
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Old Today, 04:02 PM
 
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Having worked a an NP with both I find this new generation of DOs excellent..

As a primary care I would choose either , tho so many practices in our area are big have both plus NPs

For major surgery only board certified MD for us..

I always check credentials and schooling, residency and fellowship


Not to say we havenít ass..Oleg well educated eras..one visit and we never return..
Why would it matter if a major surgeon was an MD or DO? They have to do a residency and become board certified regardless. It wouldnít matter to me whether the physician was an MD or DO if s/he was board certified, because it meant that the person was able to get through the rigors of residency. DOs can apply to all the same residencies as MDs and have their own osteopathic residencies, but many do not choose to do that route. A board certified neurosurgeon is a board certified neurosurgeon. You can be sure they went through a rigorous selection process and residency to get that certification.
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Old Today, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Why would it matter if a major surgeon was an MD or DO? They have to do a residency and become board certified regardless. It wouldn’t matter to me whether the physician was an MD or DO if s/he was board certified, because it meant that the person was able to get through the rigors of residency. DOs can apply to all the same residencies as MDs and have their own osteopathic residencies, but many do not choose to do that route. A board certified neurosurgeon is a board certified neurosurgeon. You can be sure they went through a rigorous selection process and residency to get that certification.
All true, but the reality is that you see relatively few DO's who match into competitive allopathic residency programs like Plastics, Ortho, Neurosurgery, and Derm. Those specialties can pick and choose the best medical students, and they are not usually ranking many DO's to match. Those that do tend to be exceptions who are off the charts with very high board scores, tons of research and/or some connection to the program director.
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