Vinson DiSanto: MD vs. DO

Vinson DiSanto, DO, PhD earned a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his medical internship at Phoenix General Hospital. Dr. DiSanto went on to obtain a PhD in Traditional Oriental Medicine and is certified in homeopathic as well as occupational and environmental medicine.

Allopathic medical schools generally follow the traditional model of two years of basic sciences and two years of clinical work before granting a Doctor of Medicine, or MD. Osteopathic medical schools teach the same basic science curricula, but combine it with the philosophy of osteopathy, which stresses therapeutic techniques and prevention.

Whether a medical student chooses an allopathic or osteopathic approach does not affect eligibility for any conventional residency, in any specialty. Both doctors will have the traditional privileges given to qualified physicians. In most instances, they will be licensed by the same boards, given privileges at the same hospitals, and found in similar numbers on the faculties of medical schools.

Starting in July 2015, there will be a single accreditation system put into place for all graduate medical programs in the U.S., providing both MD and DO physicians with certification from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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