Searching for a new doctor can be tough, especially when different doctoral abbreviations are in the mix. Medical Doctors (MDs) and Osteopathic Doctors (DOs) both meet the same state certified requirements, but their approaches to patient care are a little different. Familiarize yourself with the key differences before calling to make an appointment:
- Medical students attending osteopathic schools must take an additional 200 hours of training learning manipulation techniques of the musculoskeletal system.
- DO physicians tend to be primary care physicians, whereas MDs tend to specialize in more specific types of medicine (dermatology, cardiology, etc.)
- MDs tend to practice medicine in metropolitan areas. DOs are most prevalent in rural areas.