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What is the difference between MD and DO?

Asked by Jessica , Last updated: Oct 20, 2020

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J. Harty

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Answered May 29, 2020

Getting to know the differences between various medical degrees that exist can be very challenging, especially the abbreviated ones like the two we have here. DO is the short form of Doctor of Osteopathy, while MD is the short form of Doctor of Medicine. You might not see any difference when you consider the fact anybody pursing any of the two medical degrees will spend 4 years in the medical school before they can be acquired. .

However, there are some differences between the two. One of the differences is that anybody who wants to pursue Doctor of Osteopathy will need to be trained in a specialized school for Osteopathic medicine. In contrast, anybody who wants to pursue Doctor of Medicine will be trained in a medical school.

Anybody who acquires DO degree is trained to look at different areas including certain lifestyles of a patient in order to give proper treatment. On the other hand, anybody who acquires a MD degree can only treat diseases in patients.

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