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Why MD-PhD?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Bharat, Dec 10, 2001.

  1. Bharat

    Bharat Junior Member

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    So the question of the hour is

    Why do an MD-PhD over a research-oriented MD?
     
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  3. Hopkins2010

    Hopkins2010 Banned Banned

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    I think having both degrees gives you an advantage in translational research and more basic science oriented research.

    Having the MD will give you the tools to do clinical research, but I dont think its the optimal preparation for a research career. Of course there are MDs who do all research and do it very well, but I think even they would tell you that a PhD would be helpful.

    You dont have to get the PhD, but the focus of training is different than for an MD and can give you the benefit of exposure to training of a "pure scientist" nature.
     
  4. Vader

    Vader Dark Lord of the Sith Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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  5. Trek

    Trek Grand Uranium Member 7+ Year Member

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    The sex, obviously. Well, perhaps not at WashU but elsewhere I'm sure. --Trek
     
  6. Daredevil

    Daredevil Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Md/phD students get stipends, whereas MD students will be in debt after they graduate.
     

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