SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads. I have recently been assessing and ateempting to understand the daily tasks of an MD/PhD. After speaking to a few of them, I got the notion that an MD/PhD is really a PhD since nearly all of their time is spent in the lab doing research overseeing the projects that are being done. Am I correct? I see that the real benefit of being an MD/PhD is recruiting patients for studies and/or attaining patient samples of say tumors, diseased tissue, etc. Since the typical MD/PhD breakdown is 80/20 or 90/10 for a good physician scientist, then what do their clinical tasks consist of? Do most MD/PhDs act as internal medicine physicians and once or twice a week see patients who come to then and assess the patients' situations and determine if surgery is necessary? I am sorry if I sound stupid, but I am just attempting to figure out exactly what an MD/PhD does before I rush into a career path that I may not enjoy.