Allopathic vs. Osteopathic Medical Schools

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One of the big decisions you will have to make prior to applying to medical school is whether you would like to become an osteopathic (D.O.) or allopathic (M.D.) physician. There are several differences and similarities between the two kinds of medicine.


Allopathic Osteopathic
  • Degree received: M.D.
  • 4 years
  • More respected
  • More competitive to gain admission
  • Higher match rate to M.D. residency positions
  • Focus generally on single organ based medicine
  • Easier chances of specializing
  • Degree received: D.O.
  • 4 years
  • Less respected
  • Less competitive to gain admission
  • Lower match rate to M.D. residency positions
  • Focus on holisitic medicine and includes osteopathic muscle manipulation philosophy
  • Excellent for primary care


Ultimately if your goal is to become a physician there is nothing wrong with becoming an osteopathic physician, particularly if you are interested in primary care. In fact, we recommend attending U.S. osteopathic medical schools over foreign allopathic schools. 

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