i have been accepted to a DO program and am waiting to hear from MD programs. To me, DO school is a great opportunity and I would be (think I would be) perfectly content because I know I would be a physician in the end. HOWEVER, the stigma associated with DO is unnerving. I used to think that it wasnt bad, and not a big deal, but I was at a christmas party last weekend and had two separate conversations that showed me otherwise: 1st conversation: I told a woman I got accepted to a DO school. She proceeded to tell me that she would never go to a DO "ever again" because her mom's doc was a DO and didnt do anything about some symptom that ended up leading to her death, etc. Beyond the true facts of the story (that is beside the point), its frustrating as hell having this conversation when i am considering entering DO school. 2nd conversation: random person: So you got into a REAL medical school, right? me: yea, i did. (its a DO school, and i didnt tell her this, thinking she would not care/know the difference) random person: Oh, thats awesome, because i have a friend that got into this thing called "DO" and it sounds like such a sham! Its like totally not real med school and seems like a load of ****. me: (smile, and look at my girlfriend and know that we are gonna laugh about this later) I defended DO school to this person with calmness and patience, despite her ignorance, and she ended up admitting she did not understand what it was before. My point is that it is hard to come to terms with having to justify my career regularly to those who don't understand it. Its very frustrating, especially having thought that the "stigma" was no big deal, until i dealt with it first hand and realized its real. I guess its hard to want a career that calls for regular justification of myself to appear valid. ?? Comments? Words of Wisdom? Questions?