For the last six months I have been watching the osteopathic community very closely, only to be disappointed with what is being done to advance the profession. So far there has been one reoccuring theme: Keep OMM alive. THIS IS NOT ENOUGH. We are at a wonderful position to apply our philosophy to every aspect of clinical and research medicine and this is the only thing that I keep hearing. My questions and suggestions: 1.By using OMM primarily as a treatment modality aren't we limiting its use??? It would better serve us as a diagnostic tool. I know that it is, but it is not always taught with that in mind. 2.Maintaining our professional "D.O." is keeping us from being accepted completely as physicians in every respect. I firmly believe that we should adopt the M.D.-O to emphasize our additional training. Focusing on our differences alienates patients. Some of you may rightfully argue otherwise. 3.We should be producing more D.O./MBA, D.O./J.D., D.O./Ph.D, and D.O./MPH students to advance our field. 4.More basic science research needs to be done in areas that complement the osteopathic philosophy, particularly in OMM, preventive med., basic science, etc...Think about this one hard before you respond. Then look at the minimal amount of any form of research being done at Osteopathic instituions, compared to Allopathic schools. *Basically what I am saying is that Osteopathy is holding on to OMM so tightly that it is ignoring many of the other aspects of being physicians, and establishing ourselves as the next revolution in medicine. I write all of this because I embrace the osteopathic philosophy, though I come from a family of M.D.s. I want to see my profession push foward with the fervor it should.