SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads. Let's say that I am set to just pursue just my MD. What pathways would I take if I ultimately want to do bench research with some clinical work on the side, similar to the 70/30 that MD/PhDs do? I have come to this decision because, while I love research, I cannot see myself living on a 30k salary as a postdoc for years of getting my PhD.