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What is the difference between a doctor who is a DO and one who is an MD?

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July 30, 2009 3:06PM

A DO is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, while an MD is a Doctor of Medicine. Traditionally, DOs have generally taken a more "holistic" (whole-person) view of medicine, which, among other minor differences, include musculoskeletal manipulation as an additional method of diagnosis and treatment.

However, these days there is virtually no difference in their training or qualifications. DOs are board certified in literally every specialty that MDs are, including Family Practice, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, etc. The osteopathic counterpart to the AMA is the AOA, and one would be hard pressed, without looking at the diploma on the wall, to tell one from the other.