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Opinion on Graduate Degrees

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by mrdrdrjp, May 29, 2008.

  1. mrdrdrjp

    mrdrdrjp Ph.D in Bastardology 2+ Year Member

    May 5, 2008
    Forest City, NC
    I want to eventually be an infectious disease specialist (if everything goes my way lol) and I was wondering if advanced degrees could help my success in that field. I was wondering if getting a M.A. or Ph.D in things such as molecular biology, biology, biochem, or pharmacology could be helpful in eventual acceptance into an infectious disease fellowship...
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  3. jjmack

    jjmack Senior Member 15+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    it could help, but unless you want to do research I'd say it's not worth your time. Medical training is long enough.
  4. Gut Shot

    Gut Shot 10+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2003
    ID fellowships aren't that competitive, and even if they were, spending 5+ years in a PhD program to give yourself an edge is like swatting a fly with a Buick. Getting an MS, well, that's like swatting a fly with a riding lawn mower.

    If you want to be an infectious disease specialist, go to medical school, match into a solid IM program, and then do a well respected ID fellowship. It's really that simple.
  5. Caesar

    Caesar In Memory of Riley Jane Physician Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    hSDN Alumni
    I concur with the above. Will it help? maybe. will it hurt? no. Is it worth it? probably not unless you really are into the research that you would do for the degrees.
  6. Quix

    Quix Herr Professor Moderator Emeritus 2+ Year Member

    Jul 8, 2006
    Lake Charles, LA
    Quoting for Truth.

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