It seems four years of medical training postgrad should be awarded an equivalent degree. (I don't consider chiropractic four years of medical training ). Then I realised the hole in my argument was the dental/optometry profession, but they cannot rx medications or perform general anesthetised surgeries (DDS/OD at least). Whats in a name you say? I'd say that being equated with nurses on the pay scales of the military and government as an allied health professional is unfortunate. I wouldn't mind being a DPM regardless of title, but the evil elitist god complex side of me wants some reward for even getting to podiatry school. So, I guess my question is... why isn't admission to MD/DO school a prereq to becoming a podiatrist? Where the hell did that diverge? For the most part, it seems like a cash cow conspiracy between md/do/dpm for the students that couldn't get into the two former. -UG senior.