Grad work in virology- Need MD?
Jack M. Bernstein, M.D.
Bernstein at WSU-ID.Dayton.OH.US
Mon Nov 14 20:22:49 EST 1994
In article <3a5m7i$1ur at larch.cc.swarthmore.edu> ejnute at raptor.sccs.swarthmore.edu (Eric John Nute) writes:
>From: ejnute at raptor.sccs.swarthmore.edu (Eric John Nute)
>Subject: Grad work in virology- Need MD?
>Date: 13 Nov 1994 18:34:26 GMT
> In an effort to get to the professionals actually in the field of
>virology, I am posting this message asking whether I need an MD to do
>molecular biology and epidemiology work with viruses. I am particularly
>interested in the influenza virus and in the herpes virus, and I would
>appreciate any and all advice, preferrably by email. Currently I am
>applying to many programs that offer PhD's and PhD/MD degrees, but sometime
>in the next year I will probably need to make a more or less final
>decision. Thank you for you time.
>Eric J. Nute <ejnute at sccs.swarthmore.edu>
As an MD virologist, I would say that NO, you do not need an MD to do what you
propose. IF you wish to have direct (eg: clinical) contact with patients and
envision being a clinical investigator with, for instance, anti-virals, an MD
is a must.
Not to knock an MD. In general, nowadays MDs get paid much better than PhDs
although their responsibilities are usually broader than a PhDs'. Obviously,
getting the MD and the requisite psot-MD training takes longer than a PhD.
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