I will choose a DO over an MD every time. In my opinion, they have a more well rounded way of looking at a problem.
I also agree. DO's are taught to treat the person as a whole, and although some MD's do that as well, it is harder to find. I will pick a DO over an MD when I am doctor searching.
Edit: I feel I really should add more to this. I was always the "sickly" one in the family and I have seen many, many doctors over the years. Some ok, some good, some bad, a few really bad. Luckily my 6 doctors I keep up with regularly are all really good and I like them a lot.
Must haves in a doctor:
My doctor has to be able to speak to me at my level. I am in between their knowledge level and the average person, so if I ask for specific details they need to talk to me in more complicated terms when I ask. I once had a doctor talk to me like I was an idiot, and when I let him know about my scientific background and asked for more detail, he still gave me the most comically ignorant sounding explanations, so I fired him right there.
They need to know what they are doing and display competence and a willingness to broaden their knowledge. My immunologist will go into great detail and answer any question you have, and my rheumatologist will consult research or other doctors when he puts me on a new medicine because the treatments for my diagnoses conflict each other some time.
They need to listen to me and believe what I say- treat me like a human being and family member. My rheumatologist's office is always busy but when you get in the room with him, it is like you are the only person there. Same thing with my PCP. Especially places like my immunologsts office where I am there at least every 4 weeks, developing a relationship with the staff and being treated like family is great to me. They all know I am a germaphobe and cater to it.
They need to treat the whole me, not just the one system I am seeing them for. I don't like to take pain medicine unless it is for an acute problem. I like to fix the cause instead. I already take like 18 pills a day so if they want to add one more it better be for a good reason we can't address another way.
Things I can compromise on:
Distance- all my specialists are at least 30 min away, two are an hour plus.
Apppointment/waiting times- When I go to my rheumatologist he is sometimes up to 90 minutes behind schedule. I always see someone pitching a fit in the waiting room. But there are shortages of these specialists, I waited six months for a new patient appointment, and people drive half a day from out of state to see this doctor. Seeing that doctor is still worth it. Same thing with my primary care doctor- if you want to be squeezed in on days you are sick and they are full on appointments, don't complain that you have to wait 45 minutes to be seen because one of those other patients probably has something terrible going on.
Them not holding my hand- A lot of people don't take charge of their own health care. Before I go to appointments I write down what refills I need and questions I have. If I phone them with a question and don't get a call back, I call them back myself. You really do need to pay attention to your medicines and what is going on or you can create a dangerous situation for yourself. Don't just assume it will be done. While working in pharmacy I saw so many people with a lackadaisical attitude about their own health care, and I feel bad for those people because they are compromising their health.