Difference between a Medical Doctor and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine


While the duties and responsibilities of both Students of MD and D.O are similar in some areas, a few other things are there to differentiate them from one another. The difference between the Medical Doctor and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine are given below in detail.

Medical Doctor Course and Career Opportunity

The Medical Doctor degree or the Doctor of Medicine degree is given to students who complete their required period of study. Once this period is completed, the individual will get the Doctor of Medicine degree (MD). Students are also given the opportunity to specialize in any field of their choice when studying for the MD course. Hospitals, health care centres, nursing homes, orphanages, the military etc are a few places where medical doctors can find employment. It is also possible for them to start consultancies of their own or with partnership.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Course and Career Opportunity

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine do all the duties of a medical doctor. But the one area they specialize in is giving treatment and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework of the human body. This includes the muscles, spinal cord and the joints of the body. The aim of this medicine is to give the right treatment for the lymphatic systems, the circulatory system and the nervous system of the body. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine can get jobs with hospitals, spinal health care institutes and any other place a MD gets employed. The course in osteopathic medicine is offered by numerous educational institutes in India.

Key differentiation between Medical Doctor and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Both the Medical Doctor as well as the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine has their important jobs and responsibilities. They equally have the responsibility to take care of and provide treatment for their patients. These are a few key differentiators between the medical doctor and the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

The medical doctor specializes in any certain field of their choice and practices on it. As there are numerous specializations available for one to choose during the MD, medical doctors can opt for any one of this specializations and go ahead on their career.

The Osteopathic doctor practice on a type of diagnosis that takes a bit more time than that a traditional MD does. While MD practices on general medicine and any one field of medical specialty, the DO practices on all specialties of medicine that ranges from emergency medicine, psychiatry and geriatrics to cardiovascular surgery.

Medical Doctors and Osteopathic holds a very strong place in our society today. It is a fact that the greater number of osteopathic doctors today makes use of medical as well as surgical treatments that are applied by other doctors of medicine.



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    Bivas Rana:

    After B.Pharm BHU entrance process of M.Pharm