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What is the point of an MD/Ph.D program to become a research scientist?

If you want to be a research scientist can't you just get a Ph.D without the MD and be qualified enough? What exactly is the advantage of the MD/Ph.D? How exactly do you become qualified to be a research scientist at a top institution? Say if I wanted to go into genetic engineering in the future and be at a top institution what type of route should I take?

Asked By: Katrina - 3/30/2009
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Yes, you can do a PhD from any faculty, probably science in your case. Some medical students like to do a PhD before or during their fellowship in what ever field of medicine they wish to specialize in say, neurology. It may give them an edge when it comes to applying for jobs to say that they have an interest in... More
Answered By: Roger S - 3/31/2009
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