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I enjoyed Dr. Sevastos's explanation of DO VS. MD,  this has always been =
the cause of some vexation to the layman.  If someone could post an even =
more detailed explanation of the differences in techniques I'm sure many =
would find it edifying.
 
I would however like to point out that in a number of states, such as =
Arizona, California and Florida for example,  the state boards that =
govern Osteopaths are separate from those that govern MDs.   There also =
is no one locus that contains the educational and state board =
disciplinary history data as there is for MDs (National Practitioner =
Data Bank).  These I think ARE significant differences between the two =
disciplines.
 
Richard Schiff
 
 
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From:   Chuck Sevastos[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
Sent:   Wednesday, September 04, 1996 12:37 PM
To:     Multiple recipients of list MEDLIB-L
Subject:        Re: Question re: Osteopathy
 
As a practicing D.O., no offense taken.
        First re: "prestige", based on the fact that you have so many =
questions
about Osteopathic medicine, I think you can tell it is more a matter of
public awareness.
        Sure, some people who are uninformed may look down on D.O.'s, =
but I feel
that part of our job is to educate people about Osteopathy and all it =
has
to offer.The question you have to ask yourself is do you want a =
physician
who is more interested in prestige or helping his or her patients.
        As for Osteopathic Medical Schools, I believe there are about =
20? I know
there are some new ones opening. If you do a web search you can find =
info
on each school as well as application info.
        Training for M.D. and D.O. programs is identical from med school =
through
residency. The only difference is that in addition to the training which
M.D.'s receive we also get 5 years of training in Osteopathic principals
and techniques.
        D.O.'s and M.D.'s are licensed to practice medicine and surgery =
by the
same medical board of each state where they practice, so no ethical =
dilemma
exists.
        I hope this has answered some of your questions.
 
Charles Sevastos D.O.
 
 
Bosco Kim <[log in to unmask]> wrote in article
<[log in to unmask]>...
>       A couple of questions regarding a D.O. degree.  I hope I'm not
> offending someone.
>       Is a D.O. less "prestigious" that an M.D. degree?
>       How many schools are there in the U.S. training physicians in
> osteopathy?
>       Does a D.O. receive less training than an M.D.?
>       If one is a D.O., does he have an ethical responsibility to =
inform all
> patients clearly that he is not an M.D.?
>
> Thanks ahead,
> Bosco
>
> -------------------------
> Bosco Kim
> [log in to unmask]
>
>
 
 
 
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