Just wanted to say Hi and good luck to all of you in the process. A friend of mine (he is a year older than me) is taking part in the process, and I have recently become interested in it myself (Im a junior in college). Im SURE a bunch of these questions have been asked/answered before, but I couldnt find all of them, so sorry if Im making yall repeat yourself. 1. Most people who do MD/PhD go into academia. But what exactly do they do once they are there. Meaning, what percent of their time do they spend in the clinic, and what percent of the time do they spend in the lab? 2. How hard is it to get a position in academia with an MD/Phd? I hear its much much better than the standard MD route, but I was wondering if academia is anywhere close to a saturation of MD.PhD. 3. How long does it really take (4 years med school, 4 years grad school, 3 years residency, 3 years post doc?= 14 years) Or is it more of a 3 years combined post-doc/residency (= 11 years) 4. Do med schools automatically bump you from the MD/PhD pool into the MD pool if rejected. How have people fared with this. Are these candidates looked upon less favorably than the "pure" MD candidates? 5. What kind of stats/background do you need for MD/PhD. I know some publications are required, but what about GPA/MCAT/coursework? 6. What is YOUR reason for doing MD/PhD. Thanks a bunch, sorry if this post was sorta long.