Originally Posted by stevvo111
Any one sided response is wrong. Saying it is only good is bad but leaving this part out completely, as I meant to suggest, is just as wrong and gives people the impression that certain individuals may not have mentioned the positive aspects because they do not believe there are positive aspects to the job.
But applicants often don't hear about the negative aspects--at least I didn't when I applied. I think this is largely due to the fact that senior students interact very little with applicants. That's one of the reasons that I make an effort to participate in recruiting (I'm nearing the end of my 7th year in the program).
While I don't volunteer it, if asked I will tell them that if my goals were the same entering the program as they are now (at this point I'm not planning to run my own lab) I probably wouldn't apply MD/PhD for time reasons. On the other hand, I have never regretted my decision and think MD/PhD programs are still worthwhile. I just think applicants should be aware going in that not every graduate ends up being the 80%-research, RO1-funded physician-scientists programs like to advertise.