I am back from about a 2 year break from these forums : I am currently finishing my soph year of college. This summer I am going to be doing cancer research at Wash U in St. Louis. At this point in my life I have not had any research experience whatsoever, considering that I wanted to do only MD. However at some point I decided to start doing research and now here I am with this summer fellowship. My question is a general one about the MD/PhD program. If I know for sure that I want to do research (which I do not but I hope to find out this summer) is there a monetary/logical benefit to do the MD/PhD thing or simply get the PhD in my desired area? And trust me I am not a money grubbing selfish person by any means, but I do have concerns about my future.