Are any of you experiencing what I am experiencing? I decided to go to an osteopathic medical school, and now I am constantly having to explain my choice to family & friends. I am also constantly having to explain to them that a D.O. is a real physician. Many won't say that I am becoming a doctor, but an osteopath (which I think is an outdated term). Many of them seem to think that is as easy to become a D.O. as becoming an R.N. or something. I also have family members that are M.D.s and they are outdated on their thoughts on D.O.s. They think its fine for primary care (but not as good though as an M.D. program), but not for specializing. They have a lot of misperceptions, but don't seem to want to listen to me state the facts. The common Joe has no idea that there are medical doctors that are not M.D.s. I am proud that someday I will become a D.O., but I am very sick of all of this now, and I am becoming frustrated over it. Crucify me if you will (people like DOGBOY), but this is how I feel. I don't take to kindly to people belittleing my choice because I have worked very hard to get here. Anybody have similar experiences or suggestions on how I should deal with this (externally and internally)?