Hi, I'm a third year surgery DO extern who recently saw a patient in the hospital. He complained of classical symptoms of GERD for almost a year. The patient told me he had been going to a local FP MD who basically brushed him aside after performing some cardiac stress test and EKG. This MD had told him there was nothing wrong with him or nothing more could be done. Fortunately after switching insurance plan, he was recommended by his boss to see a local DO FP who referred him to the GI DO for EGD, esophageal manometry, and 24 hr pH which revealed that the patient had esophagitis secondary to a sliding hiatal hernia. He was referred to the DO surgeon ho performed the laparoscopic Nissen fundiplication, and the patient is now completely free of reflux symptoms. He shook my and surgeon's hands and told us that he thought people involved in the DO profession had been very attentive in their examinations and they strive more to look for the etiology than just deal with the present ache and pain. I know this is a unique experience as not all patients will have the same positive perspective of the profession, but that sort of comment made my day because really, who is best suited to judge a physician than a satisfied patient? I'm just curious if any of you have a similar experience as a student?