To give some increased advertising for my own school,Washington
University in St. Louis, I thought I would mention our program in
Philosophy/Neuroscience/Psychology, run mostly by the Philosophy
department. There is a monthly discussion group plus a seminar series
devoted to questions which cross the boundaries of these areas. Combined
with the strong MD/PhD and straight PhD programs offered here, it's
probably worth considering.
Just to put in my two cents worth about MD vs PhD vs MD/PhD -
while many MDs become excellent researchers, I have known of many who
would have benefitted from especially the close mentoring relationship
established during graduate school. I don't happen to think an MD is
_necessary_ for getting a research job, and I also don't think it's quite
as hard to get in to an MD/PhD program as some have described.
Good luck deciding, Tom!
Washington University in St. Louis