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possible to do PhD in 2 years

Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by Adcadet, Nov 21, 2002.

  1. Adcadet

    Adcadet Long way from Gate 27
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    Jul 22, 2002
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    hey all -
    is it possible at most places to get through the PhD portion of the MD/PhD combo in 2 years if you already have a research project going? Does it help if a lof of the coursework overlaps with the MD portion (i.e.-pharmacology)?
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  3. Doctor&Geek

    Doctor&Geek 25 > 5 / 15 < 8
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    Mar 25, 2002
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    Coursework won't make much of a difference; increasing lab time is probably the only way to speed up your research project.

    I previously worked with a guy here at UAB and have a research project with him should I decide to go back; however, it would be very difficult even so to accomplish a PhD in 2 years. Basically you'd have to spend every rotation with him/her or declare early you're going into thesis research; this gives you ~120 weeks to get your research done. Essentially, you'd like to publish 3 first author papers in quality journals while you're there; that gives you about 40 weeks per paper; very, very difficult, but it can be done.

    Of course, if your goal is Cell/Science/Nature, then probably it'll be best to work longer.




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