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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between an M.D. and a D.O.?
A: M.D.s and D.O.s are very similar. Typically, both have a four-year undergraduate degree with emphasis on scientific courses. Both complete four years of basic medical education. After medical school, both choose a specialty and continue their training with internships and residency programs and an additional two to six years of training, and both must pass comparable state licensing examinations.

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However, osteopathic medical schools emphasize training students to be primary care physicians. D.O.s practice a “whole person” approach to medicine. Instead of treating a specific symptom or illness, they assess the overall health of their patients.

D.O.s receive additional training in the musculoskeletal system (your body’s nerves, muscles and bones), providing the physician with a better understanding of the ways an injury or illness can affect other parts of the body. They diagnose and treat diseases, as well as provide disease prevention to families, from birth to the end of life.

Q: Can I see a doctor without an appointment?
A: Scheduled appointments allow our staff to give you the appropriate time needed for your type of visit. We often, however, can provide same-day appointments.

Q: How can I obtain a copy of my medical record?
A: Medical records are confidential and will not be released without a signed release form. Certain records can be sent to another physician for continuation of care without a signed release. These physicians are typically specialists we refer you to.

There may be fees associated with the copying of your medical record. Copy fees are set by the state of Michigan to cover the costs associated with making a duplicate copy.

You as the patient have the right to have a copy of your medical record, but the original record must remain at the facility. You can download the required record release forms from our Forms & Patient Resources page.