I need some real insight from any of you out there that might have some perspective for me. I am at the tail end of my first year in a MD program in the midwest. My program also has an MD/PhD program that I have had my eye on. I spoke with my dean and he said I still have the option of joining on if I decide soon. Since it does involve an extra 3 years of education, I have a few burning questions and would appreciate some help: 1. What doors can an MD/PhD open than a regular MD cannot? 2. If my goal is to primarily be a great clinician with hopes that an MD/PhD might enhance my skills/opportunities, am I making a mistake? 3. Does an MD/PhD with similar grades, board scores have any more of chance of getting into competative residency programs than the traditional MD? Could it hurt my chances in any way? 4. Why should I or shouldn't I do it? 5. What sources can you recommend so that I can make this decision with my eyes as wide open as possible. I would like to think that my motives are worthy, but please kindly correct me if I am wrong. I like to take advantage of good opportunities that could make me a better doctor and contribute the most to my field and my patients. I am happy with my decision thus far to go into medicine and am enjoying my time in school. I do not necessarily want to go into accademic medicine as my end goal, at least I dont think I do judging on my perspective at this point. Of course that could change, as i am sure to keep an open mind. I am interested in radiology, neurosurgery, OB/GYN (high risk perinatology), you know... the adventurous stuff. I kind of like the idea of being on the "front lines" of medicine, dealing with the complex cases that most are affraid of (including me at this point). I want to experience the rewards of contributing to the advancement of my field. I do have hobbies... music, hunting/fishing, sports... regular guy--married with a one year old daughter and an awesome, very supportive stay-at-home wife. So, if you have any pearls of knowledge for me, PLEASE help a brother out.