I'm curious, with all the Osteopathic Organizations out there and the publicity that osteopaths have been getting in Hollywood, why hasn't some industrious news group published a ranking system? I doubt that it is b/c they cannot think of a proper set criterion. After all, haven't they been publishing allopathic, dental, and even chiropractic (ok the chiropractors rating is hearsay)? Allopathic schools seem to be rated by at least two publications every year! I will say that it was nice to see some osteopathic schools rated by the US News and World Report, but do osteopaths necessarily want to be held up to the same criteria as allopathic schools? It seems like lumping them together is like rating oranges on an apple scale. Aren't the basic philosophies rather different? I'm not taking a stand on whether the medical school attended determines the doctor's abilities. I am saying that a national ranking would not only help students to direct their applications and efforts toward schools that fit their needs or desires. I also think that it would help educate the masses about osteopathic medicine. I guess my thoughts in this area were initiated while I was talking to the managing partner for one of the big three law firms. He had never even heard of osteopathic medicine. Perhaps it would have been easy to brush off if he represented an isolated incident but he is not an anomaly. Now, many of you may say that it does not matter if they know what an osteopath is as long as they know what a physician is, and at face value, it is easy to agree with that concept. However, when I give it a bit more thought, I have to say that I want my future patients to know what the differences are between osteopaths and allopaths. Not that I want an adversarial role with my future counterparts. I simply want my patients to know how osteopathic physicians approach medicine and health. Furthermore, I would like patients to know that osteopaths not only have a different way of looking at medicine but that they offer additional therapies to those they are used to receiving. Heh, I guess I'm on a wild tangent. I am trying to say that patients, prospective students, and osteopathic medicine in general would greatly benefit from the publicity gained from a national ranking article. What do you think?