First off, this isn't Ollie in case anyone from the psychology board reads this - its a friend of his. I graduated with a degree in psychology and am trying to decide between clinical psych and psychiatry. Honestly, I think I COULD do either, but I'm not sure which is best. I want to do research on psychopathology. Less interested in actual patient care (though I think its important to have the background, obviously, otherwise I'd be looking at other degrees). I don't ever see myself doing clinical work though, at least not beyond the clinical work required to do say...drug trials if I decide to get involved in that. Parsing out why different antidepressants work for different people sounds like it could be a fun line of work, and I'd have no problems doing things like med management on a clinical trial. I've had lots of contents with psychologists, but comparatively little with psychiatrists which is why Ollie suggested I post here. My big concern is that while I love basic science classwork, I utterly LOATHE labs and bench work. I imagine there's less bench work in psych than in many other medical fields, but I don't know that for certain. I'm okay in the lab, its not like I'm incompetent. I just hate it. I know it probably sounds weird to have someone interested in research that hates basic science lab work, but that's why I'm looking at psychiatry. I'd love to work with neuroimaging, etc. Exams, assessments, I'm sure I'd enjoy doing things like that. Pipetting for hours on end though? Dissection? Not for me. I'd be miserable doing surgery or anything like that. That makes me think that med school may not be right for me. How much true "bench work" did you guys do in medical school and as residents? Is it basically just the first 2 years when you are doing lab work? Could you honestly recommend the profession to someone like me? Would I just be torturing myself for a few years as I took gross anat, and did rotations through surg, ob/gyn, and other things that I wouldn't enjoy? Right now I'm leaning towards psychology because it seems like a better fit in the sense that I get to focus more on research training, won't be doing ANY bench work, and avoid having to rotate through things like surgery, but I'd love to hear convincing arguments otherwise (that's why I'm here). My concern with psych is that I would not get as strong a background in basic science/neurology/etc. as I would with a medical program. Not sure how easy things like that could be picked up on my own though - that could be a better alternative than doing loads of work in areas I don't enjoy. Thanks! I greatly appreciate any advice you all have for me.