Recently, I've been thinking about research at DO schools, and I did some homework. What I found out really surprised me. PIs from my school received ~ $5,000,000 funding from the NIH last year and the amount has steadily increased. However, compared to more established schools such as Baylor College of Medicine or UT Southwestern Medical School (which has about 10 Nobel prize winners among its PIs), the funding at my school is but a drop in the bucket. Baylor PIs received ~ $170,000,000 NIH funding. Now what that means is there is much more research going on at the highly funded schools as compared to the less funded schools. What surprised me even more is that some DO schools are receiving even less funding. One DO school receives a little over $300,000 and another even much less, $50,000. It makes me wonder if DO schools just don't hire enough PhDs who want to actively participate in research instead of just teaching medical students. I don't wish to debate the value of primary care orientation at DO schools VS. the research issue. Being pro-primary care is fine, but to be the discoverer of knowledge is is just as important, if not more than, being the knowledge consumer. Reputation is built upon the legacy of research, and DO schools, if they wish to play on a level playing field in the future, had better be prepared to "play with the big boys."