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Does it make sense doing an MD after Pharamcy?

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lmay0001

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Im a pharmacy graduate with an MPharm (not PharmD) but i had the option to choose the 3year PharmD vs 5 year MD. In my country MD is Free if you have a undergrad and you are a EU student. so i opted for MD as i already am a practicing Pharmacist with a MPharm.

Problem is although im getting on well in the MD course i am feeling that i am more cut to do research then practice. I think i would fit in a Pharma Company doing drug development, however only now that i am in my second year M2 i have realized this.

Plus im getting old im 28 soon. cant waste much time.
 

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Im a pharmacy graduate with an MPharm (not PharmD) but i had the option to choose the 3year PharmD vs 5 year MD. In my country MD is Free if you have a undergrad and you are a EU student. so i opted for MD as i already am a practicing Pharmacist with a MPharm.

Problem is although im getting on well in the MD course i am feeling that i am more cut to do research then practice. I think i would fit in a Pharma Company doing drug development, however only now that i am in my second year M2 i have realized this.

Plus im getting old im 28 soon. cant waste much time.
Drug companies don't hire PharmD's to do research. They hire PhD's and MD's.
 
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Drug companies don't hire PharmD's to do research. They hire PhD's and MD's.

"Drug companies" hire PharmD to study design clinical studies, analyze PK/PD data, research pharmacoeconomic models, but most I know (that work for pharma) are MSLs.
 

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If you know you want to do research, getting an MD is a good way. If you really don't want to finish the MD, then I would look into a PhD program. There is little reason to get a PharmD, if you know you want to go into research.
 
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Can you become a MSL with just a Masters?
 

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You should consider taking the ERASMUS option year to either Italy, France, or Germany (depends on your language skill) to work in one of the laboratories. Someone who has a French higher doctorate (Dr with HaDDR) or a German Dr. Habil can supervise your work if you're interested in that sort of career pathway as an MD. You're a very common case. I would stick the MD course out and consider whether your research experience can be at the MD or the Habilitation level.
 

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As others said do MD or PhD. If you really are cut out to be a good MD then you can learn Pharm D material on your own easily
 
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