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Happenings in the MD PhD World

A mix of news, features, and interest stories relevant to MD PhDs & their training


Carving a Career in Translational Research


Science magazine published a feature on translational medicine and research in their August issue. The three articles focus on Physician scientist training with a focus on MD + masters programs. Here's an excerpt: "M.D.-Ph.D. neurobiologist Ben Barres, who directs a new master's of medicine program for science Ph.D. students at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, welcomes the shift. Students do the math, Barres says, and "realize that if they did all the traditional training for both degrees, they'd be almost 40 before they finished. It's just too much." >> more
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Personality is a prognostic tool for speciality choices


Certain specialties are known for their stereotypical personality types. A new study says that we have the ability to predict the field of a prospective medical student based on their personality type. This could influcence admissions decisions, as schools focus on recruiting particular doctors (like primary care, or MD Phds who have a future in academic medicine). >> more


Scripps starts new medical School


The famous Scripps organization has embarked on a new venture: a new medical school designed to train physician scientists. Students will complete combined degrees in either 5-6 years (MD/MS) or 7-9 years (MD/Phd) in preparation for a career as a physician and scientist. >> more
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