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MD/PhD help or hurt?

Discussion in 'Otolaryngology' started by medstudentIV, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. medstudentIV

    medstudentIV New Member

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    What do people know about the views of oto programs on MD/PhDs? Does this greatly help your chances or doesn't really change anything?
     
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  3. Gfunk6

    Gfunk6 And to think . . . I hesitated
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    If you want to go for the 7 years clinical scholars track at some programs then it is a tremendous asset, otherwise a PhD is not as big a deal as other fields. One of my best friends matched into a 7-year Oto program this year and he said a lot of faculty didn't seem to appreciate that he had a PhD while other applicants did token summer research. This was of course an issue w/ the standard 5 year programs.
     
  4. TheThroat

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    Having a PhD will always help you get into the bigger programs, but it isn't a shoe-in. I wouldn't do a PhD just to help out your application. Thats a huge committment.
     
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    If you want to do research, do it in your residency and don't do a PhD in medical school. It doesn't help out an application that much, and definitely not worth the time involved. No to mention you'll be 7+ years past your PhD training by the time you complete residency, much less a fellowship, should you choose one.

    Now if you already have a PhD - my experience was that when interviewing, I felt that they were encouraging another 1-2 years in residency for research - which I was not interested in. So maybe it might help if you want one of the 6-7 year programs. Then again you'd be 40 before you start practicing.
     

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