I will be starting med school in the fall and I have an interest in orthpaedic surgery. Currently, I have the opportunity to enroll in a combined MD/MPH program in biostats/epi that will enable me to finish both degrees in four years. I am interested in becoming an academician, but was wondering if I should invest the time into an MPH, considering it invariably will involve more classes, time commitments, and projects. Would I be better off conducting basic science or clinical research on the side and focusing more on grades, boards, and doing well in my rotations? Basically, is an MPH worth the effort for a future orthopod?