Hello all! I am a new member here...a non trad. pre med with about a million and four questions for anyone who knows and anyone who is nice enough to clue me in. I know I would find all of this out down the road, and I am far way from even applying to schools, but: -I have heard from several sources that the demand for psychiatrists and especially child psychiatrists are high - nationwide. What can you all tell me about that? -It is in the works that clinical psychologists will be able to prescribe meds. (two states already) -- so what you future psychiatrists know about the job outlook for psychiatry? -What can the individuals, if any out there will read this, who are interested and educated about psychiatry know about the job conditions: i.e. scope of work as a psychiatrist? 9-5 hours? Salary? Salary even with HMO/insurance/etc. ??? I've heard "psychiatrists can CHOOSe where they want to work - the demand is so high" - and "child psychiatrists will never have trouble findning work" -- Well, what about the future - in say, 10-12 years? -I have heard some MDs/DOs (any field/area of medicine) make practically NOTHING by the time they buy malpractice insurance? I know that I sound ignorant here, but obviously that is why I am asking people who do know what I do not! -What is the actual difference bwtn Fam. prac. and internal med.? -i read a post where a student reported that there "are some low-stress, fun areas of medicine for MDs/DOs to pursue" --which areas are these? -This is important for me to know so that I can understand fully what pursuing medicine will make my life like: Are there any areas of medicine that include the 9-5 work week, or do any MDs/DOs work PT - say if they have kids, etc. I am desparately trying to find out exactly what I am getting into. ANY help is most greatly appreciated from all of you, and thanks.