Like DOs who do not have the MD degree and do not have the full and exact MD curriculum, infact their whole philosophy on treating a patient is completely different than an allopathic teaching, however, are allowed to apply to medical as well as osteopathic residencies. US podiatry graduates should be able to do the same. I believe we are more deeply rooted to the US academic system and training than the foreign medical grads. I think this is a legitimate proposal. Podiatry grads do have the proper and equal training. Podiatry graduates should ATLEAST have that option in my opinion. Some curriculum differences do exist but are not so far off. Off course, there is more of a focus on surgical and orthopedics courses in the 3rd and 4th years and not so much clinical ob gun and pediatrics. If someone is to say the differences in teaching and training are too severe to recognize equality than what are the bases of the national boards exploring acceptance of the current USMLE clinical skills exam to incorporate into pediatric liscenure. This exam will be taken side by side MD and DO grads in the current 5 centers. This "USMLE STEP II CS exam requires full medical knowledge and is like a pretend day at a family clinic seeing general medicine patients. If this proposal goes through without the creation of a seperate foot and ankle related clinical skills exam, obviously then the differences are not so great.