Here is my situation: I love neuroscience. I find the entire subject utterly fascinating. I would love to do research in neuroscience as a straight PhD, but I've been working on getting an MD and being a doctor for so long. Besides, if I had to choose I'd probably pick being a doctor because I'm a hedonist and I want to see immediate results with my patients. Anyway, considering my love of both neuroscience and medicine I've thought about MD/PhD off and on for a while. In an ideal situation I'd love to do both, but here's the rub... the time commitment seems way too much for me at the moment. I'd like some input on current MSTP or MD/PhD folks about the length of commitment. Is it a non-factor? If so, why? While I don't mind school, the thought of committing to 8 more years of it at this point is, to tell you the truth, frightening. Insights welcome!