For those of you who have seen this type of message before and feel it is nothing but a repeat I apologize in advance. However, I have read some other messages and none of them say exactly what I need to voice. So here goes. Recently, I decided the medicine was the career for me. So naturally, I said I am going to med school (allopathic that is). After all, it was all that I knew. So I am now a senior beginning the application process and I am contemplating whether MD is the right track for me. I have done some research and I like the DO philosophy that is aimed at treating the whole person not just the disease. I like that prevention is such an integrative part of osteopathic philosophy. But the question still remains about the equivalency of a DO to MD. Also, I don't want people to think that I am a DO because I couldn't get into an allopathic school. My question is then what is the difference as far as reputation with respect to DO's and MD's? And how does the actually philosophy difference between these two medical philosophies play out when one is actually practicing medicine? Sorry this is so long.