Allopathic medical schools award the M.D. degree after four years of study, while Osteopathic Medical Schools award the D.O. Degree. Although the medical training programs are very similar for each, and graduates often complete residencies side-by- side, they have two very different approaches.
Physicians with an MD practice allopathic medicine, considered to be the classical form of medicine, which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases, while DO Physicians practice osteopathic medicine which is centered around a more holistic view of medicine in which the focus is on seeing the patient as a “whole person” to reach a diagnosis, rather than treating the symptoms alone.
Depending on your interests, Dual Degree programs are also great options. While dual degrees typically take longer to complete, such as earning a M.D./Ph.D. or D.O./Ph.D., note that it will take less time than completing each degree separately.