Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick Or Treat - MD vs DO - Stalker Or Curious

All of those can be puzzling to many. Do you want a treat or would seeing a grand trick be better. I think seeing David Copperfield would be far more enjoyable than an entire bag of Snickers, dark chocolate Milky Way bars, or Toblerone... well, maybe on that last one.

The MD vs DO question gets raised a lot... Why only one type and not the other? What is the difference? How are they paid differently? Respected differently? Public perception?

Here's my own take on it. The two different types of schools MANDATE the same types of classes: gross anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, physician in society, etc. So I blatantly copied the programs from one of each, top of their respective osteopathic vs. allopathic schools.

Can you tell which one is which?


Description: Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health (CEPH) combines teaching of core skills of clinical epidemiology (including biostatistics, study design, and critical reading) as they apply to the care of individuals ...

Description: This course is required for all entering medical and dental students. It is designed to provide a broad overview of the profession from a variety of perspectives. It will also aim to clarify the goals, ...

Description: Molecular and Cellular Basis of Medicine provides an introduction to biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology. The course will cover not only well-established findings but also recent advances that ...

Description: The Integrated Human Physiology course builds on anatomy, biochemistry, and cell biology, and presumes a working knowledge of the basics of college physics and chemistry. Using case tutorials, lectures, ...

Description: The Human Body course provides the foundation for understanding the anatomic basis of diseases studied in subsequent courses and encountered firsthand in clinical settings.

Description: This course will present an integrated introduction to general mechanisms of cell, tissue and organ injury (general pathology), the principal mechanisms of responses to injury and defense against foreign ...

Description: This course will focus on fundamental aspects of human genetics. Both classical and modern genetic principles and methods will be covered, with a strong emphasis on applications to human biology and medicine. ...

Description: Students will learn to take a medical history with excellent communication skills and to develop relationships with patients. Understanding the patient's experience of illness and various aspects of the ...

Description: This course provides an overview of many ethical issues that arise in the practice of medicine and research. The class will be entirely taught in separate sections with an enrollment of about 14 students ...

Description: This 5-week course will provide an in-depth analysis of recent advances in our understanding of human disease pathogenesis, as afforded by contemporary biomedical research in the basic sciences. Topics ...

Description: Physician In Community

Description: Scholarship in Medicine

Description: All physicians, regardless of their specialty, will work in setting where social, economic, and political forces powerfully influence who gets sick, the diseases that afflict them, the treatments that ...

First Year
TERM 1 (FALL)

Structural Principles of Medicine . . . . . . 13
Principles and Practice I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Primary Care Skills I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

TERM 2 (WINTER)

Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medicine . . . . . . . . . 14
Principles and Practice II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Primary Care Skills II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

TERM 3 (SPRING)

Emergency Medicine I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Cardiovascular, Renal and Pulmonary Medicine . . . . 12
Medicine and Society I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Principles and Practice III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Primary Care Skills III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

So, why I am allopathic only? As I have said elsewhere, after a life in the business world of not fitting the cookie-cutter mold the business world wanted (lying, cheating, throwing friends under the bus - do-I-sound-angry-at-all - to get ahead, lack of compassion, and I could go on), I just want to fit in the box where I don't have to explain my choices. I'm spineless and I think and believe it takes a stronger individual than I to overcome the haphazard comments about DO that are not meant to be chiding, but indeed are. I have great respect for my peers and others who have advanced to and through the DO. In many ways, they have had to overcome greater obstacles than their MD brethren although BOTH are conferred the exact same rights in the United States and DOs CAN BE board certified with MD boards.

My last comment is aimed at one individual only:

Bezerkely post hold digger: stop. Cease and desist. If this is the poor post hold digger's wife, you've been lied to... greatly.

That is all.

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