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Maintaining Basic Science Knowledge?

Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by DrJekyl, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. DrJekyl

    DrJekyl Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2006
    This is a question for those of you in a Md/PhD program in which the PhD work is done after the basic science years and before clinical rotations. Does your program have any requirements to assure you retain the basic science knowledge you need for rotations? Also, does your program have any clinical requirements of you while you are working on your PhD?
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  3. relentless11

    relentless11 Going broke and loving it Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Mar 30, 2001
    I cannot answer your second question, but in your first question, you can still do research as a 3rd and 4th year. Therefore you can still play with all those fun basic science stuff and retain your knowledge.

    Most of the MSTP's here are pretty much bunkered up in their cave during their PhD component. So i don't believe there are clinical requirements. There are probably med school series clinical "exposure" type classes which you can take though. However you can solve that whole issue by doing translational research where basic science is tied into clinical. So you can have your cake and eat it too!

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