MD vs. PhD vs. MD/PhD : what's best for research?

Ian S. Graham igraham at
Fri Dec 17 11:44:50 EST 1993

It depends on what you want to do.  An MD trains you to be a doctor. 
A PhD trains you to do research.  The goals are very different,
as are the points of view.  If you want to do research I 
recommend the PhD part.   I have some really bright MD's who 
don't have a good feel for the methodology of research.
In my opinion this limits their effectiveness in research.

On the other hand, who want to spend all their lives at


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