Re: PhD Vs MD Vs PhD/MD
I realize that this thread has been open for a couple months now, so although it may no longer be relevant, I have a few things to add.
Both the PhD and PhD/MD routes will offer full financial support. You won't pay a dime. Depending on which program you choose, you'll also be paid a stipend that sums to between $15,000 to $30,000 per year.
For any MD program, you will be taking a hefty amount of money out of your pocket. If you're like me and don't come from a wealthy background, this means taking out loans which will have to be paid back. If you have an interest in research, I recommend opting out on this route. While it is possible for a lot of MD's to switch out of more clinical oriented work to focus on research, the salary for researchers isn't quite up to the level of clinicians.
To me, you sound like a good candidate for a PhD/MD program. Depending on where you are at in your life, you'll have your work cut out for you, though. Those programs are extremely competitive. They are also difficult, but if you're motivated and resilient to stress, then I say go for it.
I'm currently a PhD student in genetics and genomics, so if anyone has any specific questions or would like to know more, shoot me a message and I'll get back to you.
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