Money is always a problem and you'll have a family and be looking for a job someday. But that being said, if you're serious about that path I'm serious about assisting you. I just wanted to get the warning to you now. FMGs tend to get abused with high hours, longer training times, and poor conditions no matter what they do, and this is true in research as it is in the clinical world. It's a sick and sad system of exploitation we tend to have here in the western world, but I'm just a messenger.What I want is some kind of career in research and not in clinical medicine so I was thinking of doing a PhD in Pathology and just doing research. Money is not a problem so I am not looking for a job after I complete it, its just that I want to do something in research as I enjoy it a lot.
There's no PhDs in Pathology that I'm aware of. You'd be looking at Cell & Molecular Biology programs. You could potentially then work with MD or MD/PhD Pathologists. I would advice you to contact your nearby Cell & Molecular Biology graduate group for more information about how competitive it is and such and decide from there.I have experience of both basic science and clinical research during my medical school period but not that much and my degree is obviously from a foreign country. So how do I go about it ? Look for research in labs or just apply to a program ?
I'm just as ignorant on this topic. I didn't know there were PhD programs in Pathology I'd advise you to read the websites and talk to faculty. Maybe someone else will chime in and let you know.Well I was looking at University of Washington website for information and there they have "Pathology PhD program" other than the "Cell & Molecular Biology PhD program" so whats the difference if there is any ? Excuse my ignorance in this regard but I really don't have much idea about the PhD programs.
I am done with steps and my medical degree is from another country. I dont plan to do residency for the next 4-5 years atleast and instead I want to do research but not just some lab work. So my plan is to do PhD which will give me ample opportunity to do research and publish it hopefully and will earn me a PhD degree as well so if and when I apply for residency I will have good credentials and even if I dont plan to go there and stay on the research side I will be better off with a PhD instead of just research.Your post is slightly confusing.
If you finished MD and took USMLE and will match into a residency in one of the accredited medical schools in the US, and "money is not a problem", then I STRONGLY recommend AGAINST doing a PhD. You can do any biomedical research you want with an MD after residency.
If your MD is from a different country and you have yet to take step I/II/III, I think a PhD from the US at a chill program is one way of doing that (I know of multiple examples). Keep in mind however, that you need to be studying for the USMLE while in the PhD program, and ready to jump ship whenever you match into a residency program. You need to clarify this with your lab head, since few would take you if you have no commitment to work. If money is truly "not a problem" I suggest just staying at home and study for the steps instead.
Finally, maybe you want to have a research career and you would need a US degree. In that case you'd have to get a PhD preferably from a top institution.
This depends on your scores, as well as connections and the reputation of your school. You might want to get ECFMG certified first, and there might be policies regarding how many years your steps are actually valid.I am done with steps and my medical degree is from another country. I dont plan to do residency for the next 4-5 years atleast and instead I want to do research but not just some lab work. So my plan is to do PhD which will give me ample opportunity to do research and publish it hopefully and will earn me a PhD degree as well so if and when I apply for residency I will have good credentials and even if I dont plan to go there and stay on the research side I will be better off with a PhD instead of just research.
Does this make sense at all ? So the question is simple should I go for PhD if I want to do research ?