Hi All, I have a question for all the PsyD/PhD psych students and professionals out there, if you have a few moments. Some background on me: I am a 24 year old who will start medical school this fall. I have always had an interest in psychology (particularly: marriage counseling, children and adolescents, burn victims, among others). I also have an interest in medicine, of course. I think my true talent lies in counseling people, but I am also open to plastic surgery and ER Medicine (like mom). Either way, I want to be out of any postgraduate schooling by the time I am 32. My questions are: 1. If I were to consider dropping medicine and pursuing PsyD or PhD, how many years does each take? 2. What are the admissions requirements/suggestions for each of those? 3. How competitive are each of those (in the NY 400 mile radius)? 4. Should I pursue neuropsychiatry since that is a fusion of medicine and psych? 5. Should I pursue medicine, not do my residency and go straight into a PsyD program? And if I do this, do I have prescribing power? (For those wondering, I spoke with a 20 year experienced neuropsychologist and she said the point of this would be to have holistic knowledge for the care of my patient, both body and mind. It would help me distinguish between when a patient's condition is truly psychological in nature and truly phyiological in nature. Hence, it would make me a very distinguished person for having both degrees/abilities.) I realize these are lots of questions, so even if you can respond to one or two, I can use all the advice I can get.