enough debates and confusion bout the MD and DO, but i do have one question for DO docs out there. Can DO docs ref. themselves as medical doctors? as i was having a conversation with my friend,who is currently a MD at ucsf. he said with all qualifications being equal, and to prevent any misconception and confusion for the patients and general public, we should assimilate both profession. Perhaps change those initials to MD/O (for ostepathic) and MD/A (for allopathic). this way, DO docs shouldn't hesitate upon the legitimay of whether they are being considered as medical doctors. i have to honestly say that more and more outstanding DO's have been accepted to many top specialty programs. e.g. i personally know a DO melanoma fellow at ucsf. I feel there should no longer be any discrimination or bias between these two professions. still, to avoid the confusion and to educate the public (which is the hardest part!),i say both the AOA and AMA should drop their pride and do it for the benefit of the public. regarless what your philosophy is, whether is allopathic or osteopathic, your mission is to help people, and you're always a medical doctor. what do you guys think?