I am presently applying to both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. I find the osteopathic philosophy very intriguing and exciting. However, when I told my dad, a bigtime attorney, that I was applying to D.O. schools he hesitated and explained that osteopaths were undertrained chiropractors (via his courtroom experience). The point is not my desire to make dad happy, trust me. Rather, a D.O. must spend a lot of time explaining the difference between a D.O. and M.D. and in some arenas must continually defend the quality of their degree. The stigma continues. For example, I work in research and one of the pharmaceutical companies hesitated in making a D.O. a principal investigator because he/she was not an M.D. So, after having made the decision (for those of you with the allopathic option), how confident are you, as medical students or praticing physicians, in your decision to be a D.O. rather than an M.D.?