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Q: Osteopathic vs. Allopathic Medicine ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: Osteopathic vs. Allopathic Medicine
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: joeshmoe200us-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 05 Jul 2005 23:20 PDT
Expires: 04 Aug 2005 23:20 PDT
Question ID: 540449
I am applying to osteopathic and allopathic medical schools and I am
looking for more information on the differences/similarities between
My primary question is: Is there a price difference in salary b/t an
M.D. and a D.O. in the same specialty/practice?
Subject: Re: Osteopathic vs. Allopathic Medicine
Answered By: czh-ga on 06 Jul 2005 02:16 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello joeshmoe200us-ga,

I?ve found a lot of links to help you compare the difference between
allopathic and osteopathic medical schools and the MD vs. OD degrees.
The chief difference seems to be a matter of philosophy. I couldn?t
find anything official about comparative salaries for MD vs. OD but
the informal information I found on various discussion forums seem to
agree that the salaries are the same for comparable assignments.

Best wishes for your medical career.

~ czh ~
Pfizer Medical School Manual

***** This is an excellent report filled with current statistics. Be
sure to check Parts V and VI for comparison of Allopathic and
Osteopathic schools and students.

How DOs, MDs, and DCs Compare In Philosophical Backgrounds and Training

While health care practitioners are very familiar with the
similarities and differences between their particular treatment
approaches, many times the public is not. The following table is
provided to help give a general overview of the training and treatment
philosophies of these three professional disciplines.

D.O. or M.D.? Issues to Consider

Allopathic vs Osteopathic Medicine

Medical School - Allopathic and Osteopathic

Medical School ? Life After Cal ? February 3, 2004
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Forum Discussion: M.D vs. D.O

Student Doctor Network Forums > Premedical Forums > Pre-Osteopathic [ DO ] > Salary

03-15-1999, 04:41 PM

There are no differences in salary between holders of the DO or MD
degree. I can't find reference to prove this. You might try contacting
AACOM or AOA and asking them for each organization's physicians
demographics report. This will have salary information in it. When
Medical Econonics publishes their annual physician compensation issue
they lump DO's and MD's together. If there were a substantial
difference I would think that they would separate the two degree


03-15-1999, 06:09 PM
In regards to salary, I think DOs and MDs are paid the same. If that
wasn't the case, the AOA would have filed a lawsuit years ago. I agree
with Dave, both MDs and DOs are complete physicians. As far as what
I've seen, I think peds docs make between $90,000 to $100,000. They
appear to be the least paid specialists (even behind FPs) but they are
known for having excellent bedside manners. My pediatrician inspired
me to become a doctor.

Class of 2003


compare  M.D. and D.O.
osteopathic vs allopathic doctor salaries
joeshmoe200us-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Good answer, didn't get the exact info I needed, but I guess that is
not easily published.

Subject: Re: Osteopathic vs. Allopathic Medicine
From: dremel99-ga on 06 Jul 2005 11:57 PDT
Info under the heading of "differences".
Subject: Re: Osteopathic vs. Allopathic Medicine
From: xcarlx-ga on 06 Jul 2005 16:44 PDT

Osteopathy basically equals chiropractic, or, in more detail, the
concept of chiropractic is equivalent to that which is the basis for
osteopathy.  Try searching for scientific opinions on chiropractic
before you waste a lot of money on an education that will not allow
you to help many people.  If you don't care about whether or not you
actually help people and only want the salary, osteopathy will
probably be the way to go.

An osteopathy degree is also not an equal alternative to an MD;
osteopathy is specialization in one form of medicine (based on a very
questionable theory).

Also, osteopathy is not the same kind of word as allopathy in
practice, despite their similar structures.  MD's don't usually
identify themselves as allopaths (probably because it is not a good
description) unless they want to point out that they are not
osteopaths or homeopaths.  If you search for sources explaining the
difference between osteopathy and allopathy, a disproportionate number
of your results will be from sources that promote osteopathy over what
_they_ call "allopathy."  Note that the Princeton Review article about
allopathy turned the issue into MD vs DO.

Go with the MD from a real school.  Later you can decide if you want
to examine other specialties, or if you think 7 years of education
based on science has taught you better.
Subject: Re: Osteopathic vs. Allopathic Medicine
From: irlandes-ga on 26 Jul 2005 10:59 PDT
My son has been admitted to Osteopathic school in Virginia. We
investigated very carefully before we accepted with grace his
borrowing of over $200,000 to attend this school.

Let me assure everyone, including previous commentor that DO's are
indeed authorized to practice general medicine.  In rural towns all
over the country, you are apt to find in general practice DO's alone,
or often in an office with an MD. As MD's move to cities to get more
bux, the DO's are increasingly supplying full office and clinic type
medical care in the rural areas, though they also practice in cities.
If all the DO's were shut out of practice, rural areas would too often
be totally without medical care at all.

They have office hours like MD's. They prescribe antibiotics; they
prescribe blockers. They do all that MD's do, but when it is
appropriate they also do manipulations if the patient wishes.  Note
the patient has a choice in this matter, but will receive full medical
care within the current standards practiced by MD's if he/she rejects
additional treatments.

They also at times become specialists, like gynecologists;
pediatricians; just like MD's.

I am talking fact here.  You can verify it if you wish. I am not
bothering to even look at a Princeton URL, because if they say DO's
only practive manipulations and quack medicine, they are libelous, and
there is no point in looking further.

Official researcher's answer is EXCELLENT!!! The comment added is
totally incorrect, and not based on actual reality. I must wonder if
commentor is an older MD???
Subject: Re: Osteopathic vs. Allopathic Medicine
From: freemanb2-ga on 19 Sep 2005 12:49 PDT
Osteopathy does not equal Chiropractic medicine.  Anyone who believes
this need look no further than their own state licensure laws. 
According to these, Osteopathy equals Allopathy, as the licensure is
the same.  Osteopathic training includes four years of medical school
whose cirriculum is virtually identical to traditional medical
schools.  Both osteopathic and allopathic medical schools have the
same requirements for admission including a four-year undergraduate
degree with specific pre-req. classes and successful completion of the
MCAT.  Both are highly competetive for admission purposes.  Upon
completion of medical school, graduates from both osteopathic and
allopathic schools compete for the SAME residencies and receive the
SAME medical specialty training.  The license to practice medicine in
all fifty states is the same and does not very depending on which
degree was earned. Each is granted identical medical privilege. Today,
the two degrees are virtually syonymous.  Salaries vary only in so
much as chosen medical specialties. (statistically, more osteopaths
CHOOSE primary care, which can obviously influence income)  So, what
is the difference?  Along with the traditional science and medical
training, osteopathic students also receive training in manipulative
techniques.    Whithin the manipulative training, there is a small
overlap with some chiropractic techniques.  So osteopaths(D.O.) are
not chiropractors(D.C.) and are not allopaths(M.D.), but receive the
same medical authority and license as an allopath(M.D.)  Hope this

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