|MadSci Network: Biochemistry|
Very good question Carly. I'm not an expert on this as I' am a professor at a college but have a fairly good understanding of the system and I hope this helps. The 2 degrees you are talking about are very different. A MD is the ability to perform medical tasks. A PhD is a higher level of understanding in a subject, for our case science. Getting a MD you for to medical school and are taught how to deal with people and diagnose problems. In a PhD you don not do this, your primary learning here is how to perform experiments and the techniques to carry them out (this is not in a MD). So often you will hear that people get a MD/PhD for the best of both worlds. That is extremely difficult to do. As for enrolling in the program. I'd say yes, it would give some more insight into health care, which is never bad, and if your carrying out research it's always good to understand where your work ends up. To do lab based research in medicine you do not need a MD, if you are dealing with out of body stuff. So if you want to work on subjects where your not putting something inside someone, a chemical for example. But you can do a massive range of work in animals, in models etc. What an MD will give you here is the ability to more widely experiment on people, that is do trials etc. So to conclude. Do a MD is you want to be a doctor, do and MD/PhD if you want to do drug trails etc. in people, do a PhD if you want to do lab research but not be invasive to humans. Good luck on your career choice. I hope this helps.
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