If you’re like most people, you’ve been going to a doctor ever since you were born
and perhaps not aware whether you were seeing a D.O. (Osteopathic Physician)
or an M.D. (Allopathic Physician). You may not even be aware that there are
these two types of complete spine physicians in the New Jersey.
The fact is, both D.O.’s and M.D.’s are complete physicians. They are both
licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication in all 50 states. Is there any
difference between these two kinds of a doctor? Yes and No.
How are D.O.’s and M.D’s alike
- Applicants to both D.O. and M.D. colleges typically have a four-year undergraduate degree with an emphasis on science courses.
- Both D.O.’s and M.D.’s complete four years of basic medical education.
- After medical school both D.O.’s and M.D.’s can choose to practice in a specialty area of medicine such as psychiatry, surgery, or obstetrics after completing a residency program (typically two to six years of additional training).
- Both D.O.’s and M.D.’s must pass comparable state licensing examinations.
- D.O.’s and M.D.’s both practice in fully accredited and licensed hospitals and medical centers.
- D.O.’s comprise a separate yet equal branch of American medical care. Together D.O.’s and M.D.’s enhance the state of care available in America.
However, it’s the ways that D.O.’s and M.D.’s are different that can bring an extra dimension to your family’s healthcare.