MD vs DO…what’s the difference???

Perhaps one of the most asked questions by our DiverseMeicine pre-meds is “what’s the difference between an MD and a DO?”. DiverseMedicine’s Jason Nagle provides the basics in this short video.

5 thoughts on “MD vs DO…what’s the difference???

    1. Profile photo of Dr. DanielDr. Daniel

      The way I see it, MD is more well known than DO therefore there may be some prejudice in this regard (especially internationally). However, DOs seem to have an extra advantage of OMM training.

      Here is some good info from Wiki:

      M.D. qualification training is the most widely available in the U.S.; however, the D.O. medical profession has rapidly expanded, with more than 1 in 5 medical students now entering a D.O. medical school. Both DOs and MDs have the option to train and practice in any of the medical specialties and sub-specialties. One exception is the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine specialty which is only available to D.O.’s who have completed a one year traditional internship year.
      Both degrees are recognized internationally as a medical degree. Accredited D.O. and M.D. medical schools are both included in the World Health Organization’s World Directory of Medical Schools. However, when practicing overseas, an M.D. degree may be easier to negotiate with than a D.O. degree. DOs are more likely than their U.S. M.D. counterparts to have to explain or defend their training, particularly in areas that have non-physician osteopaths. This is rapidly changing as over 55 countries now recognize the D.O. medical degree, and the AOA’s Bureau on Osteopathic Medical Education & Affairs is actively working with members to increase that number.

  1. Profile photo of DahliaDahlia

    Thank you Jason.

    Would DO’s have an issue becoming a member of a group like Doctors Without Borders, since they are not as internationally recognized?

    1. Profile photo of Dr. DaleDr. Dale

      Good question, I wouldn’t think so because many DOs do the same residency programs that MDs do. In the end Doctors without Borders is looking for Doctors. Perhaps some of their OMM techniques would be even more beneficial in areas with less financial resources.

    2. Profile photo of Jason NagleJason Nagle

      Dr. Dale is correct. MDs and DOs are both Physicians. The limiting factors when it comes to joining international humanitarian programs are mostly YOUR time and the quality of care you can provide. Once you meet those items, the people in need don’t care what letters you carry… just that you want to help and are trained to do so.

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