Top 10 reasons why I favor osteopathic medicine 10. The majority of osteopathic medical schools tend to have more graduates electing to practice in underserved areas of the country. I am interested in returning to my current state of residence and practicing in a rural community and would like to attend a medical school that values my future goals. 9. Osteopathic medical schools emphasize primary care in both their curriculums and philosophy. This is evident when looking at the number of graduates who enter primary care vs. their allopathic counterparts. 8. Andrew Taylor Still ?enough said. 7. The facilities, faculty, and students were more impressive at the osteopathic schools I visited than at my state schools (This is my opinion of these schools and not meant to be a generalization of all osteopathic or allopathic medical schools). 6. I have had the opportunity to witness osteopathic manipulation and I am extremely impressed with both the effectiveness of this treatment modality and with the immediate gratification that comes with using your hands to relieve the pain of a fellow human being ( for those of you who are not yet sold on the benefits of OMM, check out this week's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine). 5. The osteopathic medical schools I looked into provided a plethora of fist year patient contact, my state schools did not (this is unique to my own situation and not meant to be generalized to all schools). I don't know about the rest of you but I personally enjoy the person-to-person contact much more than listening to the lectures. 4. The osteopathic physicians I have worked with and shadowed always check over the entire patient regardless of complaint or symptoms. Yes, I believe in all that holistic bullcrap! This includes the mental status of the patient to which I believe holds significant weight when evaluating the individual needs of a patient. All to often when working with allopathic physicians I have seen a single problem or symptom be addressed and the rest ignored or blown off because of time restraints. I do however realize that some of this is due to the for-profit mentality of the bureaucrats that run our healthcare system. 3. As a future primary care physician it would be nice to step into the shoes of a specialist every now and then. From my personal experience osteopathic physicians get the chance to use OMM to treat patients that have been referred to them by allopaths. This is true at least in my state where there are only a few physicians trained in OMM and plenty of patients requesting it. 2. Dr. Jack Kevorkian holds a M.D. degree 1. I could take a $150,000 vacation to the Caribbean and pick up a M.D. degree on the way home if I really believed in prestige.