So after being away for awhile and now browsing some of the recent threads on MD/PhD, I have to say I'm somewhat surprised by the amount of time and effort some of you say you are having to put into your work. Although I've just finished MS2 last month and am taking the boards in a few days, I still think we have a somewhat less stressful life than regular med students. At my program, I believe people aren't typically spending more than 40 hours a week in their lab (with the hopes of graduating in 8 years). Most PI's, students, techs, etc. never show up until 8:30 or 9:00 am and I'd have to say most labs are vacated by 5 or 6 at the very latest. For this reason, you should consider MD/PhD if you want to kind of have some "fun" for a few years in between med school and rotations working on something creative/original and actually get paid for once. These people on here that whine about working 70 hours a week are a rare breed. They either come from elite programs or are workaholics or waste several of those hours at work. Some stuff that I read on here is just ridiculous.