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Re: “A Difference of Mere Degrees

I have been teaching DO and MD medical students for many years, and I also have noticed no differences between these two groups of very special young women and men with respect to character, intelligence, enthusiasm, desire to serve others, and love of medicine and its challenges. The only difference I can see is that the osteopathic medical students and osteopathic physicians are trained to practice hands on manual techniques that help many patients, that the MD students and MD physicians are not taught to perform. It has been a privilege to have been able to help teach these exceptional future physicians.

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Posted by Dr. Randy A. Poncher on 12/08/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “A Difference of Mere Degrees

This statement made me pause to think
"But without the concentrations on specialities and subspecialties, an osteopathic school is able to focus on basics: "We don't need 15 pathologists in order to run an osteopathic medical school," Gevitz says".
The reality is that it is very difficult for Osteopathic medical schools to get and keep academic pathologists who are needed to help with medical education in the preclinical years. Even with curriculum innovations that result in integrating classroom education, medical students must understand the pathophysiology of diseases before they head out into the clinical years. The reasons why it is so hard has to do with the lack of infrastructure in Osteopathic schools available for meaningful research as well as the difficulty of finding pathologists willing to juggle both clinical workload and academic workload.

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Posted by Mary Jo Robinson on 12/05/2014 at 3:07 PM

Re: “A Difference of Mere Degrees

Also of note: DOs throughout the United States are for all licensing purposes, the same as MDs. DOs train and become neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, general surgeons, trauma surgeons, intesivists, pulmonologists, nephrologists, emergency medicine physicians, OBGYNs, pediatricians, and family practitioners. The education and opportunity is for all intensive purposes, the same.

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Posted by Brian Scheele on 12/05/2014 at 1:23 PM

Re: “A Difference of Mere Degrees

This article makes a great point about osteopathic medicine. One edit I'd suggest is that DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Doctors of Osteopathy are what you'd find in many European countries and they are different then what we have in America. Therefore they are osteopathic physicians and not osteopaths who attended osteopathic medical school not osteopathic school. Thank you for the wonderful article!

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Posted by carisacl on 12/05/2014 at 3:58 AM

Re: “Lend a Hand, Warm Some Feet

That's great. Donate socks to UGM, but if you're donating clothing (jeans, coats, shoes), I would suggest taking them to the House of Charity. While they don't operate a dedicated clothing room at this time, the chances of a person in need receiving those items are greater. In my experience, anything that has any quality at all that is donated to UGM winds up at their thrift store rather than their clothing room. It can be argued that a homeless person should be grateful for anything that they receive, but if you're trying to keep a fairly clean appearance while looking for work, the stained and threadbare things that are commonly the only things available at UGM aren't really conducive to putting forth a favorable impression to a potential employer.

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