EDUCATIONAL Misconceptions MD vs DC

March 26, 2019

 

 

DR OF CHIROPRACTIC VS GP MEDICAL DOCTOR

TO AVOID ANY MISCONCEPTIONS THE FOLLOWING EXPLAINS THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION CHIROPRACTIC DOCTORS (DC) HAVE TO ATTAIN TO ACHIEVE REGISTRATION COMPARED TO MDs

Educational Requirements

These basic educational requirements for graduates of both chiropractic and medical schools show that although each has its own specialties, the hours of classroom instruction are about the same. (The class hours for basic science comparisons were compiled and averaged following a review of curricula of 18 chiropractic colleges and 22 medical schools.)

 

Minimum Required Hours

Chiropractic Medical Training                        Medical School MD Training

456            Anatomy/Embryology.                              215

243            Physiology                                                  174

296            Pathology                                                   507

161             Chemistry/Biochemistry                        100

145             Microbiology                                            145

408            Diagnosis                                                  113

149             Neurology                                                171

 56              Psychology/Psychiatry                           323

 66              Obstetrics & Gynecology                       284

271              X-ray                                                          13

168             Orthopedics                                                2

2,419          Total Hours for Degree                     2,047

 

School Faculty

The Department of Health Education, through accrediting agencies for chiropractic and medical schools, dictates the credentials of faculty members. In both chiropractic and medical schools, the classes for the first two academic years are usually basic medical sciences. 

Faculty members in the basic sciences divisions are either Ph.D.s in each subject taught (such as microbiology or biochemistry), or D.C.s, M.D.s, or D.O.s (Osteopathic Doctors - post MD training in United States) who also have bachelors, masters, or Ph.D. degrees in the basic science subjects being taught. Classes in the clinical sciences division are usually taught by D.C.s, M.D.s, or D.O.s. 

Some medical schools have D.C.s as full-time faculty members. It's not unusual for D.C.s and M.D.s to co-teach both medical and chiropractic audiences. Most often, chiropractic physicians and medical neurologists or neurosurgeons co-teach.

 

Licensing and Postgraduate Education

 

After graduation, the DC may undergo postgraduate training to become board certified as a chiropractic radiologist, neurologist, orthopedist, internist, family practitioner, sports physician, rehabilitation specialists, clinical nutritionist, or pain management specialist. Medical and Chiropractic physicians also become board certified. Chiropractic physicians are required to obtain continuing education units each year for license renewal.

 

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