This is a timely article...all of the schools I am applying to are osteopathic medical schools. That means I will get a D.O. degree, which is equivalent to an M.D., although there are a few differences. Both DOs and MDs can specialize, do surgery, prescribe, etc. but one of the main differences that I find really interesting and refreshing is that osteopathic programs emphasize the ability of the body to heal itself much of the time. We're always trying to fix something as quickly as possible no matter what. How often do we take antihistimines or robitussin when we have a cold, or pop Imodiums like candy to cover up our symptoms (oh, did I mention, I am not immune to this phenomenon either)? What if we just ride out the cold, ride out the stomach bug, ride out whatever? If we take care of ourselves, genuinely take care of ourselves, much of the time (I emphasize the word "much;" certainly not all the time, as we can all attest to) we recover on our own. And I think a lot of it has to do with our mental state.