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Where’s the unity?

Re “Where’s the solidarity?,” letter to the editor, Aug. 19:

I could not agree more with the message that (the letter-writer) is attempting to convey. The fact that there are many facets to medical care is indisputable, and the unity between each profession is necessary for the betterment of medicine.

But I must correct (the letter-writer) on a very simple yet vital point. Contrary to common belief, MD does not stand for “medical doctor.” MD has a Latin root, Medicinae Doctor, which literally means “Doctor of Medicine.”

I find her use of “medical doctor” condescending, as she is excluding the doctorate degree that DOs receive. DOs and MDs are both fully licensed physicians with absolutely no legal difference between the two doctorate level degrees. Both professions go through identical studies and training. The American Medical Association has agreed that DO and MD are synonymous when speaking of physician rights and ability.

I agree when (the letter-writer) states “our common goal is to promote the health of human beings to the best of our diverse abilities. Diversity should create strength, not barriers,” and I believe that only when there is respect between MDs and DOs will the full potential between these two professions accomplish that goal.

Jason Hughes

Second-year medical student

Glendale, Ariz.

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