I'm just curious as to whether some of you feel that an MD/PhD can do meaningful basic science research if they were to go into a surgical residency. Even the best advocates of the dual degree admit that its not very possible to be a GREAT doctor in addition to being a great scientist, but it seems to me that if you were a surgeon interesed in doing basic science research, you must need to be great at both. I can see a surgeon being in a scientific team with basic scientists and collaborating with scientists, but I don't know if you need to be an MD/PhD physician scientist to go this route. I also know many surgeons have labs, but is it truly practical to do cutting-edge basic science research in addition to being a great surgeon??? Thoughts would be appreciated!