Name: Jason A Stamm
I am a senior chemistry major interested in going to grad school, specifically
for something combining the areas of medicine and chemistry.
Would applying to medicinal chemistry programs be a good idea, or are
these programs too narrowly focused? would a Ph.D. or MD be a wiser
choice (if I want to do research in this area)? Any advice would
be greatly appreciated.
If you want to do research connecting medicine and chemistry,
then a Ph.D. in biochemistry or medicinal chemistry (or related
areas, such as pharmacology, physiology, etc) would put you on the
right career path. If you want to practice medicine, and do some
research as well, then your MD program is the ticket. Some people
do both MD and Ph.D. - its a lot of work, and a long time in school,
but can provide some opportunities that either degree alone may not
Any more questions? Ask 'em!
Steve J Triezenberg
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