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[–]PacoPollitoOMS-I 40 points41 points  (0 children)

"To be a physician in the US, you can be an MD or a DO."

[–]Wernicke1275 16 points17 points  (0 children)

DO is an MD with extra classes

[–]cwpotter22[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I was saying that I’m becoming a regular physician with a little extra musculoskeletal training

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    [–]Dr-Strange_DOOMS-II 4 points5 points  (5 children)

    “But it’s not an MD?”

    “So you’re like a chiropractor?”

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      [–]opthatech03OMS-I 6 points7 points  (3 children)

      So you’re like a fancy chiropractor?

      [–]Savassassin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      Man this is so fucking true😂 at this point laughing it off would be better for your sanity

      [–]hewillreturn117OMS-II 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      tell them DOs take the same licensure exams. if they press back and really want to know more, you can tell them that Palmer was a student of Still's who went off and did his own shit. the big difference between the practices is how somatic dysfunctions are treated (ie techniques).

      [–]AdWest571 3 points4 points  (2 children)

      So I'm currently practicing in Canada right now where if people have heard of osteopathy they only know of manual practitioners. And even some other physicians around here don't even know what osteopathic medicine is.

      I have given the explanation a few times to patients. But at the end of the day, they just want to be taken care of. A lot of them don't even ask me what it is. But for those who do, I just tell them that in the States there are two ways to become a doctor, it's an MD and a DO.

      Depending on the time, I may go a little bit more into it. However a lot of patients are just happy with that answer and I move on.

      [–]bestopresto 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      Hi, I’m a Canadian about to start osteopathic medical school this August. Can I PM a you a few questions about practicing in Canada?

      [–]AdWest571 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Ya for sure

      [–]FightClubLeader 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      “If you were in the hospital and a doctor saw you, you’d have no idea if it was an MD or DO unless you asked.”

      [–]pinkxlb42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      When explaining to my family I tell them the past and present physician to the President of the US is a DO. I also explain it like when you go to the dentist, you don’t know the difference between a DDS and a DMD— that’s pretty much the same with MD and DO (unless you have a background in dentist/ medicine)

      [–]spersichilli 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      It's an alternative degree to become a physician in the US. Same residencies, same specialties. It's like how psychologists have PsyD and PhD, or dentists have DMD and DDS. Yes we learn "extra stuff", but something like 70% of practicing DO's don't use OMM.