Should I Pursue an MD/PhD? Karlo Perica Johns Hopkins MD/PhD Program A Physician-Scientist Is… A Doctor A Researcher Sees Patients Manages a lab Diagnose and Designs experiments treat disease Writes grants Works in a clinic Presents Data and/or a hospital Mentors students A Physician Scientist More Than the Sum of the Parts Clinical Research Basic Science Research • What treatments are • How does life work? effective? • Cell biology, biochemistry, • Statistics, epidemiology, biophysics, developmental clinical medicine, etc. biology, etc. Translational Research How can we take what we know about disease and the human body and turn it into an effective treatment? A Week in the Life… Sun Mon Tues Wednes Thurs Fri Sat Teach Teach Attend on Service (Once/ Month) Lab Meeting Clinic Clinic 80/20 How to get there… Combined MD/PhD Program A bit faster than separate degrees Formal training in medicine AND science Only Get an MD Get Degrees Separately No formal research Not the best option if you training know RIGHT NOW you Steep learning curve want to do both, BUT… But start your career MUCH earlier Physician- Scientist An MD can run a laboratory, but a PhD can’t treat patients. 18 22 30 34 36 College MD-PhD Residency Fellowship 4 years 2 4-6 years 2 3-5 years 2-3 years Med Research Med Medicine Med/Res AND/OR AND/OR PostDoc PostDoc 2-3 years 2-3 years Research Research RESEARCH CLINICAL MEDICINE What Does MSTP Mean? From: Brass et al., Are MD-PhD Programs Meeting Their Goals? Academic Medicine, Vol. 85, No. 4, April 2010. One Last Important Idea… Academic Medicine Emphasis on research and teaching Lower pay Less freedom Private practice Little to no research or teaching Higher pay More freedom Small business owner Uncertain future “Salaried” Physician Little to no research or teaching Medium pay, but more financial stability Less freedom than private practice Is MD-PhD Right For Me? • I want to be a doctor. • I want to be a researcher. • I believe it’s possible to do BOTH well, at the same time, and that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. • I believe that a combined MD-PhD program is the best way to get there.
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