Sawbones: Medical Education


This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explain why Sydnee gets to call herself a doctor and poor Justin doesn't in their history of medical education.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers


"Stop saying 5"

My Fiancee just matched to an academic general surgery program. Through this entire episode she was a broken record. Every time you said 3-5 years she said '7'

thanks for this wonderful podcast, keep it up!

M.D. vs D.O.

Great episode!

One question I was hoping would be answered but wasn't is, what is the difference, in terms of education, between an M.D. and a D.O.? Is one preferable over the other?

I've been looking for a new Primary Care doctor myself, and D.O.'s are much more common in my area than M.D.'s (at least for doctor's you see as your primary). And even in cases where there is an M.D., there is usually one or more D.O.'s in the same practice.


MDs vs DOs

Thanks for your question. There is minimal difference between an MD and a DO. Both attend 4 year medical schools and recieved the same training. DOs recieve additional training in Oseopathic Manipulative Medicine, a belief that some conditions can be improved through manipulating certain points on the body. Very few practicing DOs utilize OMM. Both MDs and DOs complete residencies post medical school, train side by side, are licensed and can be board certified in various specialities. A higher percentage of DOs than MDs tend to practice family medicine and therefore are often times your PCP.

Hope this helps.