Did you know there are two types of medical schools?

March 23, 2016

Not many students are aware of the two different types of medical degrees that exist.  Traditionally, people are most familiar with the M.D degree.  Graduates with an M.D degree attend allopathic medical schools.  There is also a second less known medical degree, the doctor of osteopathic medicine or D.O. which is the degree offered by osteopathic medical schools.

So what is a D.O?  DO is  doctor of osteopathic medicine, not to be confused with MD – the degree conferred on those who graduate from an allopathic medical school. Both are doctors who can enter residency programs and practice medicine.  Graduates from D.O schools can practice medicine just like those who graduate from M.D schools and go into whatever speciality they like.  The major difference in the training is that DO schools incorporate a holistic approach to healing and incorporate Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) into their model / method for diagnosing and treating disease.

There are often misconceptions about osteopathic medicine.  It’s easier, its quack medicine, graduates can’t find residency positions, its a back up plan for people who can’t get into allopathic medical schools. These are all things I’ve heard about D.O schools and the field of osteopathic medicine.  In my experience I’ve found that my D.O colleagues were definitely on par if not better than my D.O colleagues.  We did residency together and now are  One of the premier pediatricians in the city of Huntsville, who I respect and look up to is a D.O.  Do I personally think having a D.O. degree places one at a disadvantage?  Absolutely not.

Check out the osteopathic school matriculant data to see the typical applicant profile, broken down by gender, race, MCAT score, GPA, etc.

To learn more about the field of osteopathic medicine and if it’s right for you, visit http://www.aacom.org/home.

To read more about the differences between MD vs DO, check out this blog.

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Happy National Public Health Week

April 7, 2014

 

 

Wikipedia aptly defines Public Health as the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. It’s a dynamic and rewarding field of study with vast opportunities. The overall focus of public health is health promotion, and improving health and quality of life. One of the major differences between public health and clinical medicine is that public health tends to focus more on populations and groups rather than individual patients. This doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities for hands on, face – to face contact with the people you will serve. On the contrary public health professionals are instrumental in community projects and initiatives promoting breast feeding, condom distribution for control of sexually transmitted diseases, administering medications and providing education regarding tuberculosis etc.

Pursue public health if you have a genuine interest in working with people, preventative health and health promotion, have a desire to be hands on in the community, interest in policy making and having a positive effect on large groups.

Don’t get a Master’s Degree in Public Health simply because you didn’t get into professional school this year. Public Health is not a fall back plan. You’ll only incur unnecessary debt. Assess your application, and seek guidance in evaluating your application from mentors and advisors. See where you fell short and make the necessary adjustments for the upcoming application season. Most often, that means raising that entrance test score.

Check out this site for more valuable information on the field of public health.

Happy Public Health Week!