The Difference between M.D. and D.O.
Schneck Medical Center - November 17, 2020
Ever wonder what those letters mean after your doctor's name? This infographic explains the difference between M.D. and D.O.
Those letters following your physician's name indicate what pathway they took for medical school.
M.D. stands for Doctor of Medicine.
D.O. stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

We asked two of our newest Schneck Physicians why they chose the route they did:
"I chose to become an MD to help vulnerable people anywhere in the world, and I am privileged to be able to use that skill set every day to improve the lives of my patients." -Ryan Sarver, M.D., Schneck Primary Care

"I chose to become a DO due to Osteopathic Medicine including the relationship of structure and function, seeing the body as a whole unit with an innate ability to heal itself. DOs also focus on preventative medicine." -Matthew Wilson, D.O., Schneck Primary Care

Explore the infographic below for more interesting facts about the two pathways for medical school. 
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