Medicine at Cambridge: MB/PhD ProgrammeWatch
I was considering posting this in the "University Courses" forum but I thought I'd be more likely to get some insight in the "Cambridge" forum considering there is most likely a few of you who have gone through the programme itself.
To begin with, am I correct in thinking that, by completing the MB/PhD programme at Cambridge, I would be leaving with a PhD after just six years? When I first heard of this I was sure there had to be more to it but after looking into it online, it seems that this is in fact the case ...
Is it common for Medical students to go through this programme? Even if they have no intentions of pursuing a careers in academic medicine, or perhaps have only a small interest? I, myself, am partially inclined to pursue a PhD but I'd ultimately like to go into a surgical speciality. Being that most of these specialities are incredibly competitive, do you think having a PhD in a relevant area of medicine would increase my chances of being selected to undertake the training?
I have several other enquiries I'd like to make but for now, I'm just looking for someone to actually confirm whether what I've been looking into is correct. Will medical students undergoing the MB/PhD programme at Cambridge leave with a MB, BChir and PhD? Does it require a lot more work? And finally, is it possible for those who undergo this programme to still go into clinical medicine? That is, could I simply do my "Foundation" years as a Junior Doctor after receiving my PhD?
Thanks guys, I appreciate your input!
According to the website and the prospectus I received the research is intercalated with your final three clinical years... Would you be working on it while your doing your clinical training, then?
So you're absolutely certain it's nine years and not six? I'm not doubting you, just confirming!