The Difference Between a D.O. and M.D. type of Doctor

Dr. Nicole, D.O. explain the differences between doctor who are DOs and MDs in the medical field. Regardless of the path chosen, both emerge as doctors ready to make a difference in the world of healthcare.

Note: This video is for informational purposes only, consult with your doctor before starting any medical treatment or exercise program.

Video highlights.


  • DO vs. MD Education: The key difference lies in the type of medical school attended. MDs attend allopathic schools, while DOs go to osteopathic medical schools.
  • Curriculum Similarities: Both MDs and DOs learn about traditional medicine, including physiological changes in the body. They share a common foundation in medical knowledge.
  • Osteopathic Emphasis: DOs, in addition to traditional medicine, also study osteopathy, focusing on how bones, joints, and muscles are affected by and impact health. This includes skills like spinal manipulation for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Practice Rights: Both DOs and MDs are licensed to practice medicine, including surgery and prescribing medications. Osteopathy is an additional skill for DOs, but not all choose to incorporate it into their practice.
  • Residency and Specialization: After completing medical school, both DOs and MDs pursue residencies to specialize in areas such as Dermatology, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, etc. The choice of residency determines their specialization, and regardless of the degree (MD or DO), they are recognized as doctors.

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