I know you're keeping the details to safeguard your privacy, but I guess I don't quite get your point about what you want to study regarding research and why you must have both degrees. In any event, which programs on your list study this group of diseases? You should be able to find out and determine the community of researchers. That should dictate where you should prioritize. IMO, 22 MSTP programs are too many (that's over half of those programs).Yes, I have changed it!
Sorry, one of the activities was non-clinical community service and I just mentioned the leadership portion--fixed it above!
Thank you for recognizing my readiness for a PhD! However, I need the MD because I want to work in a very specific section of medicine (I'm currently working in it at NIH) and I seriously need a full medical education to understand that spectrum of diseases, how they relate to and are different from one another, their known pathologies and symptoms, and other medical knowledge that may later reveal itself as having been the culprit/an accomplice all along! Having only my PhD will not allow me to fully comprehend or even anticipate and act on any of this. While I am given excellent training, my view of the diseases is only partial, whereas with the MD, I have full knowledge beyond what we currently understand regarding the disease and can apply that extended knowledge through my research training and forge new paths in terms of understanding and treatments in my field. If I were forced to choose between the two, I would pick an MD, but to accomplish what I truly want in life (without years and years of postdoc training after MD-only and while capitalizing on tons of prior research experience), I need both.