Even though I am an allopathic student, I was disheartened to see that here on SDN pods have been included as "Healthcare Professionals" instead of with the MD/DO forums. As I am studying for my Behavioral final I read something that supports this forum move. The following is from Kaplan & Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry , Eighth edition, p.183 "In addition to physicians, health care personnel include nurses, dentists, psychologists, social workers, podiatrists, speech therapists and vocational therapists." My knee-jerk reaction is to say that none of the professionals named on that list are doctors (nurses and speech therapists?). Is it any wonder that the "professional" status of pods is in question? After reading this, I would say that pods aren't physicians. Any comments?