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

kevin clements kclement at
Fri Dec 17 21:41:22 EST 1993

pnh at (Paul N Hengen) writes:

>In article <2equciINN3ks at> mbharrin at writes:

>> I'd like to hear opinions about which degree is best for research
>> careers, and what's the advantage of getting an MD for someone solely
>> interested in research?  What kinds of things are MD/PhD people doing in
>> terms of research or medical practice?  Are there more opportunitites in
>> research for those with an MD compared to those with just a PhD?  Is
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>> either degree more respected in the scientific community?

>> Matt Harrington
>> Internet: matt at

>Is it my imagination, or have you already decided which of these will
>grant you more respect in the scientific community and within your
>own mind? If you feel an M.D. is less than equivalent to a Ph.D.,
>then by all means persue the M.D.


I also caught that phrase (and initially bristled), but realized that
it was ambiguous.  Instead of "a mere Ph.D.," Matt may have meant, "a
Ph.D. alone, instead of both degrees together."  Of course, if he
meant the former, then...what you said!!!

Kevin C. Clements
University of Nebraska
kevin at

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