Just wanted some feedback on an issue: If the letters DO are the main reason lay people do not know what osteopathy really is, then why not use MD-DO, MD-O, etc.? You can still practice osteopathy and maintain uniqueness while getting the respect such an awesome profession deserves. After all, DO's are medical doctors differing only in OMT training and certain medical philosophies. Why let letters hold the profession back? I agree with the AOA's attempts to make the DO a household name, but an MD is an MD. It is what most americans associate with "doctor" and I believe there are not enough ads that will change the minds of the uneducated.