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    DC to DO or DPT

    I am a 42 yr. old Chiropractor, married and I have a 7 year old child. Looking to change careers to either DO/Carribean MD or DPT. Does anybody have any insight on either career. What are the pro's and cons of being an Osteopathic Physician/MD or Doctor of Physical Therapy. Any feedback on salary, hours, schooling schedule, benefits, etc... would be greatly appreciated to narrowing down the field. Any schools anybody would reccommend to attend?

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    I thought DPT makes more than DC.... i've noticed DPT makes around 115k to 150k per year... DC makes less than 100k.

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    DC vs. DPT annual income comparison

    Noticed where ?
    According to May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

    http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm

    DC Yearly reported gross income: 102,500
    DPT Yearly reported gross revenue: 86,000

    Hence the DC appears to earn roughly 10% more in "reported" income.

    This proves my point that for the DC, the common sense switch should be to either MD/DO if time & $$$ allows. or to a PA program for expanded scope.

    Cheers,


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    I thought DPT makes more than DC.... i've noticed DPT makes around 115k to 150k per year... DC makes less than 100k.

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    yah according to bls.gov

    DC makes 80k and DPM makes 131k... Im sorry i got confused with DPM with DPT I don't see bls saying DC makes 102k.
    Last edited by YooMD; 10-11-2010 at 06:18 PM.

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    Income :)

    Who cares (bout DC, DPM or DPTs)

    I thought MDs made more than 168K, our practice average is way higher than 168K

    Guess it all depends if it is a rural practice or urban ?

    Average MD in Florida, as far as I know is grossing 230K per year.
    Go Figure

    Cheers

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    USHADOC- congrats being successful as family physician... how much salary are you expected right after residency as family doc.

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    Family MD income

    Hi, most FM have 2 options: Salary vs. Per Procedure type income.

    Well, if you join a group, you can start with 140K per year, for salary type, working 50-60 hrs per week, and all overhead is paid for.

    If you work independent, i.e you get % based on procedures you can make well over 200K. It all depends on how much work you want to put into it.

    Overall income is good, and you can treat anyone, from peds to geriatrics.

    I truly enjoy it.

    Quote Originally Posted by YooMD View Post
    USHADOC- congrats being successful as family physician... how much salary are you expected right after residency as family doc.

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    I am a student who earned bachelor in biochemistry and thinking about going for Doctor of Chiropractor. I live in IL. Since you are a chiropractor, can you please tell me what are the advantages and disadvantages of this field. Anything from you would help. Thank you

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    Go to the "chiropractic schools" forum and read posts by NUHS-AUC and others...hopefully that will answer some of your questions.
    Ross University School of Medicine, M.D. (expected 2015)
    National University of Health Sciences, D.C. (2008)
    Purdue University, B.S. (2003)

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