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Old Yesterday, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Texas
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MPH is a graduate degree that a lot of universities offer. You don't have to be a doctor to have it. Not sure what value it adds to this doctor's practice.
I know quite a few physicians who have other health related advanced degrees and they usually come about it in a few ways. I ran into all these types when I was in grad school for my MHA.

1. They attend a medical school that allows for dual degree programs like MD/MHA or MD/MPH and obtain both degrees at the same time. Usually, these students tend to be individuals who want to practice in a specialty and/or an area where a Public Health background is very helpful, like Infectious Disease, Tropical Medicine, practicing Internationally or in an underserved area etc.

2. They have practiced medicine for a while and go back through Executive programs (some of which are targeted specifically to physicians) to obtain an MHA or MBA with intent to transition into an administrative role.

3. They are practicing physicians who just want to have a better understanding of the economic, business and/or public health aspects of their industry.

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Old Yesterday, 09:08 PM
 
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Can you explain a "form and function bent" please ? I am not sure I want an osteopathic doctor, but want more information if anyone can recommend the practice of osteopathy, and why. thx
FYI, I only see MDs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteopathy

https://medical-dictionary.thefreedi...com/osteopathy
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Old Yesterday, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Kauai, HI
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Historically, DO were considered more holistic and looked at the body as a whole. A DO and MR take all of the same classes and the way they practice is more or less the same these days.
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Old Today, 06:16 AM
 
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The doctors business card has their first name, middle initial, last name and then:
DO, MPH

What do those designate.

It's a friends doctor so we can not ask the doctor and the patient does not want to ask either.
Anyone know what the letters mean?
Yes, but you could have asked Dr. Google and he would have been more than happy to provide you with your answer.

LMGTFY
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Old Today, 06:41 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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. Not sure what value it adds to this doctor's practice.

He's looking ahead to the day when we have socialized medicine-- he'll be made a boss because he already knows how to fill out all the forms.

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Can you explain a "form and function bent" please ? I am not sure I want an osteopathic doctor, but want more information if anyone can recommend the practice of osteopathy, and why. thx

Originally the DO schools were oriented towards physical medicine including heavy emphasis on body manipulations (without the quackery of chiropracty). They gradually included more mainstream medicine outlook and by ~ 35 or 40 y/a DO school was essentially the same as traditional med school. DOs are allowed to sit for MD specialty board certification after completing an accredited training program.
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Old Today, 09:42 AM
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Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The medical practice where I've been a patient for thirty five years has a mixture of MDs and DOs. I think it's four of the former and two of the latter.
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Old Today, 09:50 AM
 
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Can you explain a "form and function bent" please ? I am not sure I want an osteopathic doctor, but want more information if anyone can recommend the practice of osteopathy, and why. thx
It practically means nothing anymore. They still take the coursework in school but most do not "practice osteopathy."

Most DOs practice like MDs. They work alongside each other. Half of the doctors in my ED are DOs. My PCP is one as well.
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Old Today, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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It practically means nothing anymore. They still take the coursework in school but most do not "practice osteopathy."

Most DOs practice like MDs. They work alongside each other. Half of the doctors in my ED are DOs. My PCP is one as well.
Yep. There used to be more of a clear distinction, but at this point, there's really no difference. I work in a respiratory hospital, so nothing to do with bones and osteopathic manipulation and we have DOs here specializing in lung diseases.

As for the MPH, I'm a lawyer rather than a doctor and I have an MPH. Honestly, it was the most interesting educational program I've taken. I had plenty of MDs in my program and I think many of them did it for similar reasons - exposure to different aspects of medicine and the healthcare system than you get in med school. More general knowledge than something specifically related to the daily practice of an internal medicine doc.
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Old Today, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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It practically means nothing anymore. They still take the coursework in school but most do not "practice osteopathy."

Most DOs practice like MDs. They work alongside each other. Half of the doctors in my ED are DOs. My PCP is one as well.
Yup, exactly. ...they took the courses in bones and structure and can fix many things, like a PT or Chiro....but my Dermatologist is a DO....he has never adjusted a neck in his life, I bet!

Good to note they can prescribe meds as any MD.
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Old Today, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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MPH is a graduate degree that a lot of universities offer. You don't have to be a doctor to have it. Not sure what value it adds to this doctor's practice.
An understanding of Public Health will help in treating problems that have a public health component. STI's, Obesity's many different complications, etc...
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Of more importance is whether he/she is board certified. I suspect not or they would have that designation after their name rather than the MPH
I've never seen certification credentials after a Doc advertised unless I looked online or at an extensive biography listed somewhere. I always assumed that they couldn't very well practice if they weren't board certified.
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Can you explain a "form and function bent" please ? I am not sure I want an osteopathic doctor, but want more information if anyone can recommend the practice of osteopathy, and why. thx
Traditionally they encompassed a more "wholistic" view of the body but these days they're pretty similar to MD's. I don't think I'd have any compunction about either one.
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