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    The following was compiled from 125 Medical Schools as they compare to the College of Chiropractic at the National University of Health Sciences.
    The numbers are classroom hours.
    .................................................. ........MED ........CHIRO

    Pharmacokinetics (Pharmacology).............. 114 ........... 38

    Pathology ............................................ 166 ........... 263

    Microbiology ......................................... 136 ........... 136

    Public Health ........................................ 61................ 41

    Nutrition .............................................. 24 .............. 122

    Genetics .............................................. 31 ............... 27

    Physiology ............................................ 125.............. 255

    Radiological Anatomy .............................. 14 .................30

    Neuroanatomy ....................................... 82 .................94

    Biochemistry ......................................... 109 ..............135

    Histology .............................................. 105 ..............107

    Embryology ........................................... 34 .................40

    Gross Anatomy ...................................... 173 ..............336



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    are you chiro?

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    Do chiropractors have to go through residency or fellowships like doctors?

    Please don't attack Doc E or try to single me out, it is an honest question with no negative intentions.
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    so with all that education there really is no excuse for being subpar in the medical industry, then.
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    Yes, we have an Internship
    And we also have Docs in various Residency Programs.



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    Doc, we have more radiology then that, we have close to 300 at least at Cleveland we did. maybe it just seemed like it though but I know we had at least five different classes, normal, skeletal I II, positioning, and that horrible class with DR whitehead that 50% OF THE GRADE was the practical final when we walked in, he gave us a case hx, we had to list possible differentials for the case hx, ask for what films we would take, look at the films, give a new list of differentials based on the x-ray, what labs we would would do and what advanced studies we would order to prove disprove the differential, if we picked the right labs he gave us results (wrong labs or ask for the wrong films you were done good luck next semester) we had to interpret results, give the most likely diagnosis, what could be done (medically or physical treatments) and a prognosis. X-ray case presentation was the name of the class, it came to me, god that was a horrible final. I had some sort of osteosarcoma if I remember right, can't remember what the case was, but the Diagnosis was not a classic age group or location, and I had to "order" two sets of specail imaging, and three sets of labs, luckily I ordered them in the same order the treating team of physicians had. Never been so scared for a test in my life, never sweated a test out so bad, or so relieved when a teacher said "great job"

    wow that was scary thinking about it, wonder why I blocked the name of the class Oh we also had a special imaging class.... (my practical final in that I had to "diagnose" a sinus infection based on nothing but an MRI, not high on the list of things I was looking for when they put a head MRI up, took like five mintues then it was like DUH! there it is....

    The main point of doc posting the hours is to point out that DC and MD eduction is equivalent. there are differences, they have a longer residency on average, as much so that hospitals have a source for slave labor as anything and there are certainly diffferences between schools, both med schools and DC schools. I think the point had been previously proven on the other thread, but it had been a while since I had seen the side by side, we used to have it posted in our office, we took it down because unless provoked I generally stay away from the "My school was harder then yours"

    Like mentioned earlier, there are just as many idiot DC's out there as there are idiot MD's, and that should scare the crap out of you, but there are also some really good ones in both fields. Find a MD, DC, AND Pharmacist(maybe most important if you are on any meds) you trust, shy away from any doc that thinks any other healthcare provider is worthless (should be humble enough to look something up or referr out/get second opinion) and be educated on your own health. YOU should be the captain of your healthcare TEAM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by limiman12 View Post




    Like mentioned earlier, there are just as many idiot DC's out there as there are idiot MD's, and that should scare the crap out of you, but there are also some really good ones in both fields. Find a MD, DC, AND Pharmacist(maybe most important if you are on any meds) you trust, shy away from any doc that thinks any other healthcare provider is worthless (should be humble enough to look something up or referr out/get second opinion) and be educated on your own health. YOU should be the captain of your healthcare TEAM.

    One of the most sensible and accurate comments on the medical profession...wish more people had that attitude
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    One of the most sensible and accurate comments on the medical profession...wish more people had that attitude
    x2.

    I would add that a list of hours spent in a classroom translate very little into clinical competence. We used to joke that 4 years of med school was really just a glorified vocabulary course, and that the REAL learning took place in internship and residency (and fellowships). We also used to take as much time off during fourth year, knowing it would be 3-7 years before we would see sunlight again. I don't know about the iodide thing, but we felt the need to take Vit D supplements in residency!

    Another cliche from school that is probably accurate, is that the two people I would NOT let operate on me....the person at the bottom of the class.....and the person at the TOP of the class. If ya know what I mean.
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    The numbers weren't for Radiology, but only for Radiographic Anatomy. I'm sure that radiology hours at National were definitely over 300 too.
    The list I put up only hit on some of the classes, not all of them, and of course, some of them that are "left out" are the profession specific classes (surgery / spinal manipulation etc).

    Also, as dnf mentioned, you learn much more in internship & your first year or two of practice than you did in college itself.



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    true about the classroom hours. Our fourth year is Mostly clinic. I don't pretend to claim that our clinic time compares to MD residency. You guys are slave labor.....

    Another note on what you said, we could not miss class. We had to have 90% attendance you repeated the class. A friend of mine learned that the hard way. he was sick, could only miss one more hour of a 2 credit hour class, came for the first hour, prof took attendence in the second hour (not the first) counted him absent for both and he had to drop back a semester because of "missing" an extra hour of Chiro Philosophy.....

    Funny thing, when I graduated, I was open with patients that I "hopefully" was not as good of DC as the DC I will be in 10 or 20 years, but that they had to trust that as a young doc, I knew the current stuff, and was not going to take anything for granted.

    Now as I get a little farther from being a "new" grad, I find myself selling experience a little more and have to trust that I will stay up on the current stuff......

    I practiced the first 2+ years with a classmate close to our school and would frequently call former teachers, older docs etc, and take X-rays up to Dr. whitehead for him to take a look at. I would say that situation was very good for my growth as a doctor, and will also say that there are classmates I stayed away from when they were looking to finish their adjusting reqs..... That is one of the hard things about being a DC to be GOOD, you have to have the knowledge to know what to do, but there is definatly a physical skill/art involved with being able to do it.
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