Dr David Simon: Emphasizing Primary Care

Dr David Simon has been in practice as a Doctor of Osteopathy for twenty-five years. He has served on the Board of Trustees at one of Florida's largest and most prestigious medical centers, and on various medical committees and departments. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the Florida Osteopathic Association. He is a skilled and highly trained physician, but he still encounters people who are unaware that there is a difference between being a Doctor of Osteopathy, and a Medical Doctor.

As a Doctor of Osteopathy, Dr David Simon is quick to point out that DO's and MD's are both licensed physicians who are required to go to medical school and complete accredited medical residencies. Physicians with a DO, such as Dr David Simon, are licensed in all fifty states to practice medicine and surgery, and to prescribe medication.

One of the major differences, however, is that DO programs have an added emphasis on primary care. They spend a lot of time on people. Osteopathic medical schools require additional classes, up to five hundred hours-worth more, on the skeletal system and the interactions of the body with diseases. Doctors of Osteopathy like Dr David Simon also tend to address medical issues from both a medical perspective, and on the lifestyle of the patient. Their objective is to get a full understanding of the way a patient lives, because this can impact their condition. With chronic conditions like diabetes, for example, it isn't just what medication the patient takes, but what they eat, how their meals are prepared, and who is preparing the meals. Doctors like Dr David Simon view this as supplemental information that enables them to provide better patient care.

Osteopathic physicians like Dr David Simon have, for more than a century, built a tradition of bringing health care to where it is most needed. About sixty percent of practicing osteopathic physicians practice in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, all of which are considered primary care specialties. Moreover, many Doctors of Osteopathy practice in rural areas and other places where there is a greater than average need for medical care.

And yet, as Dr David Simon acknowledges, most patients are not going to see much of a difference between a Doctor of Osteopathy and a Medical Doctor, in terms of the medical care they receive.

Dr David Simon is Board Certified by the American Academy of Osteopathic General Practice, and

Board certified by the American Association of Medical Review Officers. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the Florida Osteopathic Association.

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