What Training Sets DOs Apart

What Training Sets DOs Apart

When you are looking for a new family practice doctor or primary care doctor, you may be confused about the difference between an MD and a DO. MDs and DOs are similar in a lot of ways, and they treat the same illnesses and age groups. However, DOs go through some additional training and approach medicine in a slightly different way. Here’s what you need to know about the additional training that DOs have received.

What Training Sets DOs Apart

Osteopathic Schools

DOs attend osteopathic schools, which train them in a variety of additional skills. These schools train DOs to treat the body as a whole and specifically train them to be primary care physicians. At these schools, they also receive additional training on the musculoskeletal system, which can help them treat the body as a whole rather than treating only symptoms. The training that is received in these schools gives DOs an advantage in diagnostics and treatment.

Preventative Approach

DOs are given training that teaches them to have a preventative approach to medicine. The idea behind this is that if you can prevent health problems, you will be required to take less medications and treatments, and you will be healthier overall. Preventative medicine largely relies on the doctor having the training to know what bodily systems affect other parts of the body, so that they can prevent one issue from becoming a bigger problem.


Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is a specialized skill taught to DOs during their training at an osteopathic school. This treatment allows the doctor to use their hands to diagnose and treat conditions. OMT is usually incorporated into all interactions with a DO, including treatments and diagnosis.

If you are interested in learning more about how a DO might be your best option for a primary care physician, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.