I decided to post this as a new topic, because I am going in a slightly different direction with my question. I just did some shadowing with some MD physicians and am planning to do some more shadowing with DO physicians. One thing I noticed in the family practice clinic was that a lot of persons came in with physical pains in their legs, feet or other parts of their body. The best that the doctors could do was to refer them to a specialist and prescibe some pain-killers. One thing that appeals about the DO profession is the hands on therapy. Often many of the patients the doctor I was with could only prescribe pain medications. Is the manipulative medicine a very important additive benefit of osteopaths that would really make one want to be an osteopath. On the last MD or DO topic, no person mentioned OMT. I take that as a sign that many DO's don't value OMT. I am curious to hear different views.