Hello everyone. I would be your typical non-traditional premed. I've been checking out oldpremed.net forum for a few days and it's been very helpful but thought I would post some ??s here also. I have some specific questions that I've not gotten answers to yet, so here goes... 1. Residency: Can someone point me to an explanation of the Match process? Are their docs who are disappointed with what they get as a specialty? Is it basically a performance-based thing? I've read where derm is rewarded usually to best med students and those who have really been active with derm dept. during med school (politics). Is this true? To me, I would be very disappointed to get anything other than 2 or 3 of the specialties that interest me. (derm and radiology are my top 2 interests, with heavy weight towards derm). Am I being too selective? Should I just be happy to be a doctor at that point? Got any stories? good and bad? 2. Financial: I read and hear lots about doctor pay not being what it used to be. Maybe it was just a gold mine before but based on some research I've done, many of the specialties can make upwards of 300k after 3 years or so in practice. That makes up for a lot of good years in other industries, don't you think? Not to mention the opps in medicine like being on different boards, opps to speak/teach, etc., etc. Am I on track here? Doesn't seem like a bad financial decision long term even for someone in their late 20s just starting. 3. Pre-reqs: I know of one school (according to the website) that doesn't *require* the science classes. You obviously need to know a lot of the material to pass the MCAT. (Chem, Organic, Physics, etc.) Do you know if most schools require these courses or just the equiv. knowledge? Do you think someone could pass the MCAT based on self study of these subjects? I've had bio, 1st yr chem, but not organic or physics (at a college level at least.) 4. Post-resident: Let's say I match derm and finish my residency. What are options after that? What % start own practice vs. partner up with existing? Know where I can get this info for each specialty? I would think it would be wide open, especially with the competitive specialties but want to make sure before I go down this long road..... Thanks in advance.