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Clinical psych PhD to MD?


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Sep 8, 2004
    I posted this on the non-traditional forum, but I think many of you guys would have more insight into my situation.

    Basically, I'm a second year clinical psych PhD in a "top" program, and for various reasons I've realized that I really should have gone to med school instead of a PhD program. I honestly just don't feel that I'm equipped as a researcher or clinician in psych without having the type of bio/neuroscience/pharmocology background I can get in med school, and I'm also interested in working with more severe populations. However, I'm learning a lot in my program now and enjoying myself, so I figured that I might as well get my PhD before my MD since I'm interested in having a firm basis for both research and practice.

    I mainly have two questions:
    1) What are the types of things I could be doing now to improve my med school application? I'm planning to do some physician shadowing and take my pre-med classes at my university, but beyond that should I just focus on publishing papers in my field?
    2) Do you think I would look like a indecisive career-hopper if I switched from psychology to psychiatry? Or would a PhD help my application assuming I had a productive career during my pre-doctoral years? I know a couple people on the boards have done this, and I'd love to get your feedback.

    Thanks so much!
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