Hey everyone! This is my first SDN post but I have been obsessively on the site for a while now. I know this is sorta long but I'm bursting to talk to you all. About me: I decided to take a year off and apply to med school next cycle. I've been a pre-med for four years now, am pretty competitve for MD schools (3.7 GPA at UCBerkeley, MCAT this spring) and only recently discovered osteopathic medicine. Frankly I've been questioning my desire to be a doctor for a while until today. I just got back from a talk by a TUCOM-CA professor and two current students there and WOW! I was somewhat drawn to DO previously but admit I was a skeptic due to ignorance. The DO talk completely reminded me why I want to be a doctor and revitalized my enthusiasm! DO's seem so patient oriented. Their philosophy is very refreshing to hear, to not only provide allopathic medicine but provide immediate patient comfort and healing through OMM, while at the same time being well rounded people with interests outside medicine, too. When someone asked why DO over MD, he replied, "You like (physical) contact with your patient, you like instant gratification, and you want to heal the person not the disease." WOW! I think I just may become a DO and not an MD! Although I must admit I too worry about not getting a decent residency as a DO, especially if I choose not to go into primary care. Nevertheless, I am very excited and have to start doing some more research into Osteopathic Medicine! Why do you all want to be DOs?