I would like some advise from current MD/PhD students. I have long debated doing a PhD or an MD/PhD, and I am currently trying to decide which route to apply to next year. With an MD/PhD, I plan to do mostly basic science and a small amount of clinical work on the side. Medicine really interests me and I enjoy clinical work. I like the fact that I would have more people contact with a small clinical practice if I chose this route verses the PhD only. With the PhD route, you can get more people contact by teaching, but I like the doctor-patient relationship better than the teacher-student relationship. Hence, my interest in the MD/PhD route. Regardless of my passion for clinical work, I think I may be miserable in medical school. I have a graduate school personality not the typical pre-med personality. I like to think, analyze things, learn, etc. in the graduate school manner and I find it difficult to suppress this inclination. I prefer to memorize as little as possible verses and instead learn the material. I would get annoyed by the pre-meds that would memorize every obscure fact imaginable (such as physics equations that are easy to derive and people with doctoral degrees in physics do not know off the top of their heads). I do well at memorizing if necessary. I understand it is necessary to memorize a lot of material in medical school, and I would be willing to do this since it is a necessity for patient care. I also tend to get annoyed with the pre-meds that have revolved their entire life around getting into medical school (e.g. do activities purely to put on med school application, awards, etc) instead of doing what they enjoy. For any of you current or formers students in MD/PhD programs (especially those that may have had these fears), if medical school would be a problem for someone with these views. Thanks in advanced for your thoughts on this manner.