Unless you have been totally out of the loop, you have probably heard about the President coming down with SARS-2 through the news and media channels. Through all of this coverage, the doctor treating the President got a lot more coverage than they usually do, and people were naturally confused by his title: DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). Wait a minute; aren’t doctors usually an MD?
Today on the show, we’re talking about what separates a DO from an MD, and why the differences aren’t as big as you might think. As a practicing DO myself, it was hard to hear that people did not understand the significance that DO’s play in modern medicine, and the rich history and knowledge that they provide. I’m hoping to go over all of that and more on today’s episode of The Call Room.
Listen in to learn the difference between a DO and an MD, where the osteopathic medical practice came from, and what they have brought to modern medicine.
“What’s the difference between osteopathic medical school and allopathic medical school? It really comes down to those first four years of training.” – Dr. Robert Berry
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- What it means to be a DO and where the title of DO came from
- How a doctor from the civil way found himself pushing back against the mainstream medicine of the time
- The difference between osteopathic medical school and allopathic medical school
- How osteopathic training helps get you hands-on experience earlier than other types
- What osteopathic medicine offers that allopathic medicine doesn’t
- Why Robert’s alma mater had their students do joint internships
- Why human touch is so integral to healing
- What we can do to work together and bring America out of this pandemic
“I really took pride in being that holistic physician who then also trained to be a specialist.” – Dr. Robert Berry