I work as a Medical Technologist in Louisiana, and to my surprise, almost none of my colleagues know what a DO is, even though one works in our ER. This is simply pathetic. I realize that Louisiana has three Medical Schools and all three are allopathic, which means that the MD predominates in this state, but come one! Seriously! NO one in my entire department knew what the hell I was talking about when they asked me where I was applying to medical school!!! One of them said, "Oh that's Chiropractor School. They're quacks." I became so irritated that I could barely keep my composure. However I worked through it and did my best to explain the profession, which ended on a semi-positive note. However, that does not change how ridiculous this is. Why doesn't the AOA do more to produce awareness? It's quite obvious that the general public's idea of a doctor/physician is McDreamy M.D. f**king Merdith M.D. in the hospital break room on the hit show "Grey's Anatomy" or Christian Troy M.D. screwing some patient in the exam room (Nip/Tuck) or George Clooney M.D. saving a life on "ER". That being said, why doesn't the AOA pay one of these shows to introduce a D.O. to the staff; a D.O. plug if you will? They could make an entire episode out of it. Picture this: You're watching Grey's Anatomy and all the interns are whining about the new doctor who is a D.O. because he or she went to a different medical school than they did. As the story progresses the D.O. proves his or her place, someone sleeps with Meredith, the Nazi b*$tches irately at someone, McSteamy screws someone's wife, and bingo, you have the same show with a D.O. plug. Our general population, which obtains most of their info from CBS/NBC sitcoms, becomes more enlightened and starts to see DOs as being similar to MDs, applications to Osteopathic Medical Schools increase, the AOA begins to grow, awareness increases, less defending the profession, and people know what you are talking about when you bring up Osteopathic Medicine in conversation. Plus, there is no cheap MD/DO piss war in doing this, which is how many of these DO=MD ploys end up. I realize I should have more faith in the general public in terms of reading a book and knowing their healthcare professionals. However, that sounds very unrealistic. Sorry for the rant. No one made you read it.