This post is based on my observations and conversations with doctors, pharmacists, and lawyers. It seems in the past (maybe not now) that medical school is highly competitive. I'm not talking about getting in, because we are all in that boat, but once you are enrolled the competition really begins. I have heard that med students and residents would knock each other down and step on the bodies inorder to better themselves. For example, making yourself look better in front of your attending by showing how much better, smarter, more Godly you are than any of your peers. In my experience in pharmacy school it is not like that at all. They start day-one that pharmacy school is not competitive. Everyone has worked hard and had to be competitive to get there but as long as everyone makes the grades, everyone graduates. Things may have changed in medical school but this could explain why some of the older doctors are the way they are. They were probably perfectly nice people until they were beaten to death and had to fight to survive. After all, who would go into that profession without wanting to make a difference, the money is not all that great for the torture. Now some (maybe not all) law schools grade on "the curve." For every A there is an F, for every B there is a D.... You can have a 92 average but if that is the lowest grade in the class, you fail. Now i don't like lawyers anymore than the next person and I think there are far too many as it is but still........ No wonder when you travel to other forums you think people are cut throat.. All of us are here to help each other and it doesn't seem to be that way in other professions.