I have noticed that there exists a double standard at times on this board. I love reading the posts here b/c they are always informative and compared to other boards extremely compassionate and patient. However, I have seen one type of attitude which bothers me a bit. This is a very PC board when it comes to dealing with DO's. Now I dont think that there is anything wrong with that b/c students and potential students are proud of who they are or whom they will become. There just seems to be a lack of patience by some of the members who post here is regard to those who are not familiar with DO's. For instance, there have been several instances where a person has made the comment "I guess I will just have to apply to DO school" or someone might suggest that a person with lower than average test scores "settle for a DO school." It is very understandable how this type of comment could ruffle the feathers of DO's and future DO's. However, for the most part I have seen the cause of this type of post to be more of a lack of information than an attack aimed at the DO philosophy. A newcomer who makes the mistake of saying they will settle for a DO school if no MD's pan out is going to get grilled. Instead of using this forum as a means of getting the message out about DO's, it is used to attack that person. Now about the double standard. It is obvious that we are all insulted when someone settles for a DO school b/c they could not get into an MD program, but we have no problem suggesting another field just b/c they are not qualified for DO school. Someone lists their stats and people feel that they will never get accepted they suggest nursing school, or pharmacy, etc. Now this seems like a perfectly acceptable suggestion to me except that it contradicts what we hate the most about the MD wannabee applicants. We would cruxify the person who jsut wants to go to MD school but cant get accepted so settles on a DO school which has lower test scores or GPA. Yet this is the very same thing we suggest people to do in other fields. I would think that wanting to be an MD, but going to DO school is a smaller jump (since they are both doctors) than going from doctor to nurse or PA. My only point to this, if there is one, is that we could possibly be a bit more patient with those not familiar with the DO way. Even MD wannabees who somehow slide by the admissions committee to get a seat at a DO school. Are they really that much different than the student who is attending his/her second or third choice school b/c the top of the list didnt accept them?