SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads. Hello. I am going into medical school this year for a regular MD. My plan after medical school is to teach as a med school professor, round at the hospital to see patients, and to conduct research (hopefully as the PI). I have doctors in the family and doctors who are my friends, and they all tell me there is absolutely no reason for me to get a PhD. They say I can do all I want with a plain MD. I hope this post doesn't offend anyone, I really want to know, though. If what they are saying is the case, then what is the point/advantage of getting a PhD? My med school lets me switch to MSTP, so it's not too late if I should switch to also getting a PhD. I really appreciate any input. Thank you for your time.