I’m still very early on in my journey (going into my second year of 6) but I think I’ve realised that I won’t be satisfied without involving myself in research throughout my career. There’s no MD/PhD option where I live (Australia) so right now I’m on track to graduate as an MD only. In your experience, how viable is it to work as an MD while also contributing to the cutting edge of medical research? Of course that would also depend on your speciality so I’d love to hear specifics from your own careers.
While I’m interested in hearing about how one could contribute to research on new surgical techniques etc. I’m more asking about the possibility of helping to address really widespread problems like antibiotic resistance (which I’d imagine is much more the domain of full time researchers). Would any involvement as an MD just be peripheral or is it realistic to want to actually be involved in the nitty gritty of it / direction of the research itself?
Also, I’m aware that this might be better suited for the careers thread but I thought it would get more exposure and varied responses here. Please let me know if I should move it.
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