Hi, I've just been accepted into a DO school (with more acceptances to come hopefully!). I am very excited and relieved that I will at least have ONE place to go to next fall for medical school and will become a doctor someday, but I do feel a bit apprehensive about DOs. Don't get me wrong, I have researched DOs to death. I've seen the match rates, the philosophy, OMM, and the similarity in training, however, the fact that my degree will be different makes kind of worried about the amount of 'discrimination' that a DO degree may carry as compared to an MD. I know that the the only difference between a DO and an MD education is the OMM and the slightly lower GPA and MCAT score upon entry (although both have been catching up recently). The DO school I'm hoping to get into only a two point MCAT difference with my state MD school and a two tenth of a difference in GPA so I know that the caliber of students and education I'll get will be the same. However, how much would hospitals and clinics care that the school I went to, even though it offers a different degree, still produces physicians just as competent as any MD school? And would they give DOs a lower starting salary or give preferential treatment to MD applicants because of perceived discrimination? I have seen no proof one way or another. I understand that the constant demand for physicians means DOs will probably not be unemployed but in the hiearchal system that is medicine, I sometimes do feel a bit like I'm entering something that others will perceive as second class. It seems a bit unfair as the schools I'm thinking about going to have the same class requirements as MDs, do the same rotations as MDs in town, and apply for similar residencies. Yet, I will have a degree that is considered unknown by the lay public and privately derided by some MDs who believe DO means I'm taking a shortcut/backdoor to medicine. I know that this should not bother me, but if this attitudes does exist in places where the hiring of DOs are affected, then it *does* bother me---at an economic level. What is everyone else's opinion on this? Am I just seeing something that isn't there? For that matter...is this the right forum to ask this? Given good board scores and decent grades, will I still get the shaft if I compete for residencies and jobs? Anyone care to share their experiences? Thanks!