Does anyone know if this is possible? Say I have specific reasons for working with a particular faculty member at the school I was accepted at for MD/PhD, and this faculty member was going to retire in a few years. Would it be possible to finish the PhD first, then do the MD? In some ways I see this as more beneficial - continuity in research (for me) after having done research as a postgrad, and the ability to wrap up those inevitable loose ends (those small but publishable data sets) as a medical student. It also seems like keeping up with your PhD field while a med student is easier than keeping your clinical skills sharp as a PhD student. The thing that would be lacking is the more translational focus that the MD might bring to your research, but since most programs are still 2 years preclinical anyway, I don't know how much that matters. Do any schools offer this type of flexibility? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!