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patients or research?

Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by lwong, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. lwong

    lwong Member
    5+ Year Member

    May 6, 2005
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    I don't know if I should go for a MD or PhD. For those that are in MSTP, have you considered this too? Even though a MD/PhD sounds logical, but I've heard that physician scientists ultimately are in the lab (i.e.PI). Even though there's clinical research, there is limited patient contact. I really enjoy research, but at the same time value the the patient-doctor relationship. So, I guess does anyone know how MD's get into research while having a practice?
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  3. Gut Shot

    10+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2003
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    Attending Physician
    You get involved in research as an MD by practicing in an academic medical center. The problem isn't finding research opportunities, the problem is avoiding getting in over your head with projects.

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