Ok guys...as some of you know I am currently applying to DO schools!!!! I find it quite interesting the difference in attitude between MD students and DO students... i found some quite disturbing posts on the allopathic boards and wanted to share it, and maybe get some insight as to why they are so damn unhappy? we all know med school is tough...and you will never know how tough until you are there...but why are the DO students not affected like this...is there a different attitude going in...i have my personal opinion but im hesitant to share it at this point...might start some arguments...no fun!!! If you have any insight please respond...check out the rest of the post if you get a chance...below is the post i found!!! The rest can be read on the allopathic board under "second thoughts about med school" Screw it, drop out and do something better with your life while you can. I'm not joking here man, honestly this is serious. Showing up at the hospital at 6 A.M. everyday and seeing the same people and going through the same motions becomes very mundane. The "glory" of medicine is a huge sham. There is no light at the end of the tunnel, it's just one day blending into another, over and over again. By the time we finish training, managed care will have cut reimbursements so low that we'll be taking out loans just to pay back our med school loans. I don't even feel like I'm 'practicing' medicine anymore, more like following strict protocol to cover my a** in case some patient decides he'd like to make some money and sikes his lawyer on the hospital. Everybody around me is practicing "self-protection medicine" if you know what I mean...it's the new rage. All it takes is one patient to decide he wants to sue and your life is living hell for the next 5 years as you go through proceeding after proceeding to see if their claim is justified. And it's never obvious who it's going to be, in fact it's not always the person you actually treat. One of the residents here and an attending from the VA are getting sued by the family of a 98 year old lady. Bascially they are suing on her behalf because they don't think she got proper care. Not to sound crude, but she's 98 years old for crimminy sakes and the attending did all he could and she's still alive to sue him! Believe me, a couple years of this and you'll have a new found hate for lawyers and how much they can make an innocent person suffer, a hate that you never knew existed before. If you're going to stick with it, don't worry about your grades and stuff like that, because none of that stuff matters once you hit residency. Just pass and get it over with. Life on the wards is so entirely different that you sometimes wonder why they bothered with most of the first two years of med school. You learn what medicine is all about once you start internship...med school seems like a stepping stone in hindsight. I know you may think this is all coming from a tired, jaded resident...but most everybody here is like this, even the chiefs. One thing though, if you want the life with minimum hassles, try your best to get into dermatology or psych. Unfortunately dermatology requires very good grades and board scores, so you're gonna have to bust your butt if you want it...I guess enough people have figured they want a life and not be a slave to their profession. On the other hand, psychiatry is pretty easy to get. 9-5...that's what you want buddy. None of this 100 hour work week and 80 hours once you make attending. PM&R is also very good, but it's getting more competitive as med students are getting wiser every year. Repeat after me...derm,pysch,pm&r...over and over.