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American Doctors Make Sweet Bureaucratic Love

There are two types of doctors in the United States: MDs and DOs. After years of fighting, MDs and DOs announced that they are joining forces.

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In the United States, there are two kinds of doctors: MDs and DOs. Both enjoy unlimited practice rights and work in every subspecialty of medicine and surgery.

One difference between them is that DOs have specific principles about health and disease and use osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) to diagnose and treat patients with their hands.

Because of such differences, MDs and DOs evolved in parallel but never completely merged. Sometimes they fought like ninja doctors.

MDs refused to integrate DO principles and OMT, and DOs refused to compromise what they knew helped patients feel better. DO principles and OMT were sometimes vilified in the MD-biased media.

It was an epic, ninja doctor battle. (The metaphor is a stretch, but this pic is so awesome, I just had to find a way to use it. You're welcome.)

After nearly two years of debate, MD and DO governing organizations announced that they could respect each other's differences and form a beautiful alliance!

Now, medical training programs in America will teach doctors how to prescribe medicine, perform surgery, deliver babies and integrate DO principles and OMT.

You'd think smart people would have figured this stuff out a long time ago.

It's all about the politicspatients.

Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Communities Commit to a Single Graduate Medical Education Accreditation System