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Tips for getting Ph.D degree on neuroscience and then becoming a doctor.

Hello, I am currently a high school freshman. I have a strong passion for neuroscience, and I want to get a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience and then to apply for medical school as a licensed doctor, where I am an international student, so I will need also need to take graduate medical programs in my country, receive the license and then also apply for the foreign license. How long would it take for me to work as a doctor inside the hospitals if I follow my goals?

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Kendra’s Answer

I would highly encourage you to look for schools that offer an MD/PhD program, this will save you a lot of time and money. While doing a PhD in neuroscience can take 4-9 years, and an MD usually takes 4 years, there are many schools that encourage students to get both at the same time and it only takes ~7 years. As added incentive, these programs will usually pay for both degrees if you are doing research. I went to UMass Medical School and this was true. After you get your degrees, to become a practicing doctor you will have a 1 year internship, 3 year residency, and 1-2 year fellowship. I don't know anything about the process in other countries though.

Thank you so much! Harry S.

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Estelle’s Answer

Hi Harry. I think that’s great that you want to get a Ph.D. in neuroscience and become a physician. Some programs have what is called an MD Ph.D. combine program. These programs extend medical school from four years to seven years. The additional three years are spent on your Ph.D. I would seriously consider this avenue. However, I would also think long and hard about what is more important to you, clinical medicine and surgery or becoming a laboratory researcher.

Thank you so much! Harry S.

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