Ok. I want to become a dentist (which I explained to the pre-dent forum as well.) I have been accepted to U Penn's DDS program. If I graduate with a DDS degree, does anyone know if I would have to go through another 4 years of schooling to get my MD even though if you go for Oral Surgery you can either get an MD at the end of your 4 year residency or the option to go for an additional 2 to get your MD at some schools? Case has a dual 5 year DDS(or DMD)/MD so I don't understand why DDS/MD would be 8 years for everyone else. Can anyone shine light on this? The reason I want dual degrees is because I want to bring knowledge of all systems of the body into dentistry since there has been a link associated with oral health and heart disease, diabetes etc. I am interested in research too. Ultimately whatever my reasoning, I want an MD/DDS. Can I do this in under 8 years if I graduate with my DDS after 4 years first? Thanks.