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besides pursuing something you enjoy (public health or bioethics), what sort of benefits come from pursuing an additional masters program while in medical school? is it possible to balance the rigors of medical school with additional work for another degree, or do people just DIE?

I'm interested in pursuing a masters in bioethics but I'm wondering what can arise from it, except more work. Any insight is very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!!


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Yes, there will be more work, but if your school has a dual degree program in place, some courses will probably count for both programs. Monetarily, I don't think there is any advantage because you may have to pay tuition for the master's program too and because most master's programs (except maybe a biomed research MS) don't give you a leg up for the lifestyle specialties (e. g. derm).

The main reason to pursue dual degree is because you genuinely love both topics but it's also good to have some kind of career goal in mind that would utilize both degrees. I'm enjoying my MD/MPH program as it juxtaposes the science and the practicality of the real world. If you're really interested in doing that bioethics MS, I would suggest contacting schools about what they offer in combined degree programs for that. Good luck!