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Would it be useful to obtain an M.D. / Ph. D. degree as opposed to one or the other?

Asked Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

I would like to become some type of doctor (anesthesiologist, oncologist, pediatric neurologist) in the future. In addition to this, I also want to do research. I wish to get my M.D. And Ph. D. #college #medicine #graduate-school #research #doctorate-degree #medical-education #medical-research #molecular-biology

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Debra’s Answer

Updated Roswell, Georgia

You need the MD to be any kind of clinical doctor, including anesthesiologist, oncologist, pediatric neurologist. And while the PhD is more appropriate for research, you can conduct research with an MD. The PhD/MD combo makes for a wonderful resume and certainly signifies a topnotch education both for research and clinical practice, you don't NEED the PhD to do either of those things. You can research or be a clinical practitioner with an MD.

JD’s Answer

Updated Pinckney, Michigan

The MD degree allows for the clinical practice of medicine as a physician. Many physicians holding MD degree are also involved in medical research pursuits through academia and private industry. The PhD degree is more oriented towards science/medical research endeavors.The PhD degree alone does not permit medical practice as a physician. It is limited to research activities. Many medical schools have a combined MD/PhD program whereby one may obtain both degrees. The practice goals and career orientations for physicians and researchers are different.