Allopathic Medicine (MD) is an inclusive profession that offers varied opportunities including, but not limited to:
- Clinical practice
- Medical administration
- Public health
- Medical education
- Biomedical research
Ideally, all physicians aspire to be:
- Altruistic, compassionate, trustworthy, and truthful in their relationships with patients, patients’ family members, and professional colleagues.
- Knowledgeable about the scientific basis of medicine and the normal and abnormal functioning of the body.
- Skillful in communicating with and providing care to their patients.
- Dutiful in working with other physicians and health care professionals to promote the health of individual patients and community members
(source: Medical School Admissions Requirements publication)
Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
What does a D.O. do?
- D.O.’s practice the full scope of medicine in all existing specialties of the medical field.
- Osteopathic physicians receive the same medical training as their allopathic (M.D.) counterparts, plus an additional 200 hours of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) – a hands-on therapy that is used to diagnose and treat illness and injury.
- D.O.’s are trained to focus on the whole person, working with patients to achieve high levels of wellness and disease prevention.
(Source: Osteopathic Medical College Information Book)