I am also excited to be a DO. And no I am not some DO homer regardless of what people think. But I am excited because I will be a physician. Period. I could care less about the initials. If OMM works, great. But I will get to make a decision on my own. If I took everything I read on the internet as truth, I would be pretty stupid. When I approach patients in the hospital I will say, "Hi, I am Dr. Freaky Big Stock, what's the problem?" I will not be saying, "Hi, FrkyBgStok, DO. Is that acceptable to you or would you rather have an MD?"
There are people out there that say "I would never go to a fake doctor DO." There are also people that say "I would choose a DO everytime, they actually care." And when I tell people I am going to med school in the fall they say, "Oh really? Like nursing school or EMT school?" No like doctor school. "Oh really? That's cool. Did you decide on a specialty?" No I have four years before I need to decide but I like EM. "Four years to be an EM doc? That's a long time. Well good luck." The fact is that the public is largely stupid or they don't care. Some hospitals may be prejudice, some other doctors as well. But throughout the public, the only patients that will care are the premed ones.
It's gonna be the future soon. I won't always be this way. When the things that make me weak and strange get engineered away.