MD vs PhD (who would win in a fight)?

jstrassw at OPAL.TUFTS.EDU jstrassw at OPAL.TUFTS.EDU
Mon Sep 30 18:18:33 EST 1996

Well, as one MD/PhD student I would suggest to all who might consider 
this that congress funds these programs in order to produce scientists. 
Period.  What people end up doing is another matter.  If you dont want to 
be involved in science full-time, forget MD/PhD,: you will waste your time.

IF you love research, however, then you have the best of both worlds.

Remember, Your employer is eavesdropping...  

On Sun, 29 Sep 1996, Buddha wrote:

> Hi,
> 	I am a college student on the verge of insanity due to career choice 
> problem. I am strongly considering Medical School at the moment, but 
> getting a Ph.D in within my scope as well. I've been an intern at the 
> National Cancer Insitute for almost 3 years now; although I am not doing 
> too badly in research, I'd rather not do it for a living. My mom works 
> at a hospital and she recently told me that I should not go to Medical 
> School because the the massive responsibilities etc. She suggested that 
> I should go into research instead.
> 	Now, I am looking at the MD/Ph.D program as well, but it seems all the 
> programs directs toward research when you finally receive the degree. Do 
> you have any opinion regarding my career perplexity? My ultimate goal is 
> to be a doctor and can do research part-time as well. I have very good 
> grade, extracurricular activities and work experience that would get me 
> into either profession. Which road should not be taken? I really prefer 
> a professional point-of-view. Thanks.
> 	Confusely yours,
> 	Buddha

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