The media morons did it again, falsely claiming that Trump’s Doctor of Osteopathic medicine is not a real doctor:
Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) are not “osteopaths.” DOs are fully licensed physicians equivalent to MDs, and can practice in ANY specialty including infectious disease. Many are treating COVID-19. You as the media are gatekeepers. STOP spreading misinformation.
A DO is very much a real doctor. My current GP is a DO and he’s great. I’ve had minor outpatient surgery done, twice, by a DO in the past. When I was dealing with misdiagnosed food allergies (ALL of the MDs had misdiagnosed a common yet life threatening food allergy), the allergist I eventually saw was a DO. (I was the first one to suggest, based on a peer reviewed literature review and detailed note taking that I was having an allergic reaction, which was then confirmed by the allergist. Four separate MDs had been wrong.)
Update: The media attempts to spin it as generic societal confusion about MDs and DOs, rather than acknowledge that the media is filled with incompetent word smiths having little to no qualifications to do what they do.