My stats: 2.5 cum/2.2 science GPA BS in Biology 2000. Worked in IT since. Want to do science and into medicine. I'm a long no shot at MD. Been reading about DO lately. I'm starting to like it. They average Masters and take the most recent repeat classes--better fit for me. And I'm not getting that sinking/end of the world feeling/in the pits of my stomach anymore--I may have a chance in medicine and to help people. Unless, as I find out more, I'm a long shot in DO also. I'm retraining/rethinking, DO is not a "backup", it's a another path to a similar end. And they do say DO is no different, just that they practice the whole body more and getting into specialties might be difficult. 1. I need to contact and shadow a DO. 2. Read more about Residency for DO. I heard its tough to enter specialties, like derm or plastic surgery, which I'm interested in, even for MDs, but it's doable? How doable? They say you have to take the COMLEX and USMLE and do very well. Is it doable then, or are you still SOL? 3. Find a post-bac/Masters geared/linkage towards DO. Anybody know of one? 4. Read more about research in DO. Is DO research pausible? I read that they don't have a MSTP yet. Not that I think I could get in, as I realize MD MSTP itself is crazy on stats, and would think DO MSTP would be the same but in the DO world. Any thoughts advice keywords is greatly appreciated that can trigger me to look into it more. Thanks!