Letter to the Editor: Coverage Neglects Patient-Centered Education of Allopathic Physicians

Subject: “Doctor Suspended for COVID-19 Exemptions Testifies About Letters, Risks Sanctions” (April 18):

It is a sad reflection on the self-regulation of the medical profession that Dr. Paul Gosselin was allowed to continue seeing patients after multiple instances of medical misconduct. However, I am writing because of the description in this article of osteopathic training.

I am a medical doctor, trained in a university, but I was also a program director in a community residency in osteopathic family medicine. I can attest that my medical training also emphasizes “a holistic approach to patient care, incorporating an examination of external factors in a patient’s life that go beyond strict diagnosis and treatment of symptoms with pharmaceuticals”.

This comment is a false contrast between osteopathic (DO) and allopathic (MD) training in primary care.

The integration of family history, social history, and life experiences was an important part of my medical training and the training of residents in our DO program. In my personal practice, I spent more time with patients, explaining why a prescription was not necessary, than writing prescriptions.

There are great MDs and great DOs, and both groups have their bad apples. However, the positive comments in your article regarding osteopathic training are equally true for allopaths.

Michael Hudson, MD
Braunschweig

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