Recently we have had a rash of undercover DO vs. MD threads. They come in titles like which DO school trains people like MDs? or DO Hours and Differences under the auspices of being a real question blah blah blah etc, etc To my astonishment serious debate has erupted on these forums in an attempt to defend osteopaths in these threads. This leads me to my next thought for discussion. I dont feel a need to defend DOs or this medical degree or my decision to go to an osteopathic medical school, especially to a bunch of pre-meds who dont know $hit, and many of whom who will try over and over again to get in somewhere but they never do. They never get to become what I get to become, only I get it with different initials at the end of my name. True, it doesnt sound as cool as MD but it still pays the same. Im even amazed at how giddy we get on here when someone mentions DOs briefly on TV, like on the Sopranos. Why? I for one dont need the Worlds or Hollywoods accolades. This is not a political monologue nor do I wish for it to turn into a political debate. I am only mentioning the following to make my point. In 1994 the Republicans won control of congress after 40 years of being the minority political party but they never seemed to get it in their minds that they were the ones in control, now the majority party. For many years afterward the still always acted like the minority party and never really asserted their control over congress. Listening to Rush Limbaugh after they won people would call his show in complete amazement when someone in Hollywood would say something nice about Republicans and total anger when someone in Hollywood would say something bad of Republicans. It was like supporters of Repubs needed the accolades of Hollywood to legitimize their party or their control of congress. I am not sure what it was. I feel like this is where this forum is sometimes. When you earn the DO degree you will be a physician. Having worked EMS for may years with both DOs and MDs both staffing they ER where I came from there was no difference in either one. At least to the lay people (all non physicians). If there was ever any dissention among the two types it was never public and to this day that ED is half DO half MD and they have good working relationships with each other. In fact, I was congratulated by both MDs and the DOs when I left for school and it didnt matter to any of them where I was going. Actually it mattered a little to a few of the MDs, one who was my medical director, and told me it was a bad idea to consider Caribbean schools. In the real world they dont care. As long as you are a competent physician and get along with your colleagues then you will be fine. I think there should be less feeding the Trolls when they post their idiotic MD vs DO Qs. Let them starve. And stop feeling like you have to defend the DO degree at every turn.