Hello Everyone, With 08 applications opening soon, I still have some last minute sentiments to work through before deciding to apply MSTP. Most of the time, I love my research. I love being in the lab and working with my mentor to develop the project and implement it. However, there are times when everything seems to be going wrong. Experiments fail, certain necessary equipment are out of order, grants rejected, etc. In the midst of a "bad" week in research, I often find myself asking: Why put myself through this? Why condem myself to 8 more year only to end up making less money. Going streight MD and running my own practice where I don't have to rely on a review committe or a government agency for my success seems to make so much sense. My question to the people in this forum is, especially current MSTP students, were there times in your undergrad reserach where MD/PhD was the last thing you wanted to do? Are there times in your current PhD reserach where you wish you could just finish and start working? And finally, is this occasional but very strong doubt a good enough reason not to apply MSTP?