Issues specific to osteopathic medical education and practice as a DO.
Sat Aug 19, 2006 6:37 am
so far the consensus has been the do is better than caribbean... from what i read online...
is this because the difficulty of placing into residency if you goto carib, i.e. you have to score very high on USMLE even if you goto big 4?
the thing with do is...do will always follow you..even if you take USMLE....
and i heard it is harder for do to get jobs in major cities like LA or NY...if you r a DO you will get passed over for MD with same qualification...
is this true?
but carib MD will be an MD...will your emplyers care that your MD came from carib school?
Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:49 pm
the bottom line is that u know what u are doing. While the whole DO over MD think still exist, if u are a DO or carib MD and u are good at what u do, nobody really cares.
Same apply to carib MD. about their earnings, i don't have any facts on that.
Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:27 am
Since the earnings of physicians are mostly determined by payments by insurance companies and state medicaid agencies, there is largely no difference in DO vs. MD pay.
DO's have one advantage, however. I'll use my own experience to illustrate.
The doctor I used to work for, a DO family practice doc, did a lot of OMT.
OMT is something that can be billed for, instead of an office visit (what? you may be saying).
At the time I worked for him, the typical insurance company that we billed for him paid in the neighborhood of $30 per office visit (not necessarily including copays). Our actual billed amount was $95.
Our actual billed amount for a 3 region OMT was $140. The insurance companies typically paid around $80 for each of these.
So, as a matter of strategy, a DO, when warranted could use OMT, and bill for it, instead of the traditional office visit. Can't do both, at least not without appropriate diagnoses to back up the billing amounts on the HCFA form.
Another thing about DO's that you may not have considered...
Of course, this is only is you think you might want to be a family practice doc.
DO's tend to be more like traditional family docs: office visits, nursing home work, delivering babies, ER duty, and doing quite a bit more surgery than MD FP docs do these days.
There is some return to that way of doing things in the MD world, but not like in the Osteopathic profession.
So...let's sum it up.
DO's may actually make more money, typically, than a lot of MD's.
I don't know where to find the numbers, but I'll bet there is some comparison that will bolster what I'm saying here out there somewhere.
Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:32 am
good point deeproller, unfortunately not a lot of DO use the OMT treatment when they get out of school.
i hope to be able to incorporate it into my practice but i don't know how possible that will be 'cause i am looking towards surgery.
i didn't know they could bill for OMT separately. You just gave me an idea about paying my way thru school :lol: