Doctor or Doctorate? To-may-to, To-mah-to?
May 25, 2008 2:39 AM Subscribe
What does it take to be a doctor (MD)? And what does it take to be a doctor (PhD)? Torn about what path to pursue,
posted by Eudaimonia to Work & Money (12 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Background: studied psyc in college, am currently finishing up in public health. Obviously, I need a third degree.
My first reading for pleasure books were psychiatric non-fiction. I love psychology. I love psychiatry. I have, at various times, dreamt of being a neurologist, a psychiatrist, a psychologist (clinical, neuro-, or research). I’ve finally figured out that what truly fascinates me is elucidating mental processes by way of studying those with deficits or diseases – we’ve learned a whole lot about memory, for example, from Alzheimer’s patients.
I love people. Really, I do. I love learning, too. I want to find out more about why we do what we do and tell the world. I want to be the next Oliver Sacks. And yes, of course, I want to heal and help (though issues of self efficacy and fear of having someone’s life and/or mental health in my hands are a bit frightening)
Currently am torn between pursuing pre-med studies and doing more research (which I’m not keen on honestly, but that’s another post), trying to decide between clinical psyc. PhD or MD. I have perused the studentdoctor forums but am looking for the opinions of seasoned MDs and PhDs – what place does your profession have for a person like me?