Why I Chose to Be a DO -- and Not an MD

By Jay H. Shubrook, DO
October 6, 2020

As he updated the nation on President Trump's Health, White House physician Sean P. Conley, DO, brought new attention to the osteopathic degree. Many in the media questioned not just his statements, but also his qualifications to serve in this important role. But as those in the medical community are well aware, they could not be more wrong. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are similarly educated and identically licensed as our colleagues who hold a Doctor of Medicine degree, and as is the case for MDs, there are no restrictions on our practice.

Clearly, this scrutiny of a specific DO — and DOs writ large — strikes a personal chord for me and my more than 100,000 DO colleagues.

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