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MD/PhD, Distinction in Research Award

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by bcat85, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. bcat85

    bcat85 10+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    I actually have a couple of questions. I've done a decent amount of research as an undergrad, but I didn't have enough to consider doing an MD/PhD. Now that I've been doing some more research, I have been contemplating attempting to gain admission into my school's MD/PhD program post-matriculation (which, according to their website, is a possibility). Alternately, the school offers something called a "distinction in research award" to M.D. students who present a thesis (see this page). So, my two questions are:

    1. What are the professional advantages of having an MD/PhD? In other words, what does having that degree allow you to do that a MD cannot (other than the obvious research knowledge)?

    2. Should I perhaps instead work toward this M.D. with distinction in research path, or am I just wasting my time?

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  3. ACSurgeon

    ACSurgeon Acute Care Surgeon Bronze Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2008

    The distinction/honors in research is what it sounds like, some kind of distiction on your record. I'm sure it couldnt hurt. At my school, it only requires 16 weeks of research with some original contribution from the student. Since most interested students do 12 weeks in the summer between M1 and 2, you would only have 4 more weeks during 4th year. If your school is gonna make you jump through hoops for it, skip it.
  4. bcat85

    bcat85 10+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    That pretty much answers my question. Thanks
  5. 194342

    194342 Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    This is sort of not true. It is easier for a PhD/MD to get funding through the NIH than it is as an MD or PhD. I can't find the link but it is in the MD/PhD forum somewhere.
  6. Mister Pie

    Mister Pie Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    I have to disagree with the nothing statement as well. It definitely would help for getting funding (the degree plus the experience) as well as having your own lab if you so desire.

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