Medicine. The motivation for starting Mod Med in the first place. This blog is intended to be a place where medical students and pre-med students alike can learn about medical school through a personal and honest experience. It is also for people who aren’t in the medical field that want to learn about medical school or see another person struggle through balancing everything life throws at you. Medical school is demanding. But so is life in general. We are all in the same boat trying to get by and figure out why we are here.
I am currently a 3rd year medical student. I go to an osteopathic medical school, which means that when I graduate, I will get my D.O. (not M.D.). The D.O. and M.D. degree are virtually identical, expect for the osteopathic component. Both DOs and MDs can practice in any specialty and do the exact same residencies. The big difference is that DOs learn osteopathic manipulative medicine. This is an extra 200+ hours of training in the musculoskeletal system where we learn how to diagnose and treat with only our hands. We can still do surgery and prescribe meds, but we also learn how to treat pain and certain disorders with our hands. Just another tool in the toolbox. To learn more about osteopathic medicine, check out my posts here!
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