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    Hey everyone,

    I'm a current master's student, applying for a (funded) PhDs in an area of medical research. I really enjoy what I do, but after working alongside clinicians, I have an aspiration to go to medical school after my PhD. It's obviously a huge sacrifice, and long commitment to do both a PhD and try and go to medical school. How would medicine admissions view this decision?

    Everyone thinks it's a crazy idea, as it will be such a long time before I start earning money. But, I am very driven, and would rather do the things I want to do, than stick with something just because it is better paid

    What are your thoughts?

    Do what makes you happy. It's your choice how you spend your time.
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    I don't see the point in starting a PhD if you know you want to be a (medical) doctor. You're wasting yours and your supervisor's time.

    There are a few people with PhDs in medical research on my grad med course, so it's definitely possible. However, as other people said, you can apply for graduate medicine right after your masters, so what are you trying to achieve via getting a PhD first?

    If you're passionate about medicine go for it! May I ask what degree you studied? And was this your ambition from early on or did later decide medicine is what you want to study?
    sorry for bombarding you with all these questions
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    Going straight to med school or via a PhD are both viable options. There are significant advantages to going to med school first though - it gets to where you (seemingly) want to get to earlier being the main one. Secondarily, you can always do a PhD after you qualify as a doctor, and doctor's PhDs are higher paid and shorter.

    The first point is obviously the most significant though. 4 years is a long time to be doing something you don't want to do.
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