First off I want to start this off by saying my father is a DO, my uncles are all DOs and I have nothing but respect for them, which is why the "advice" I was given about not applying or going DO in terms of specialties was very shocking. I am applying this cycle and am currently constructing my school list and I am looking at MDs and DOs. My family has both DOs and MDs in it and never have I thought much of the difference between the two. Recently I was told that if I go to a DO school I pretty much only have a few options in terms of specialties. Yes, I know it is very, very early to be thinking about this and that I will change my preference for specialties 2149 times once I am in medical school. Yet, I think it is important to consider this going forward since I was pretty much told if I go DO I will only go into family practice, pediatrics or internal. Is this true? I understand there are more MDs than DOs in America and certain residency programs prefer MDs etc. but is it improbable to think I can get into a surgery specialty as a DO? I have been looking around sdn trying to find some numbers on this. As a DO I surely have to have more options open to me? I mean come on, it's an American medical degree! Even other doctors I have talked to since, have communicated to me that DOs struggle to get most residencies and end up mainly in internal specialties. I understand there is nothing wrong with family medicine (what my dad practices,) but I do have interests in other fields and would like to access the opportunities I will have down the road to pursue said interests in terms of DO vs MD. I know everyone loves surgery and its a very competitive program, I just want to know if I truly won't have a realistic shot at being a practicing surgeon one day if I go to a DO school. If not, what specialties/opportunities will I have reasonable access to? So I figured I would ask some experts that are DOs or currently undergoing the process. Thank you!