Chronicle of Higher Education: The Need for More M.D.-Ph.D. Hybrids, and What Colleges Are Doing About It

Chronicle of Higher Education – Paul Basken – January 16, 2017

Physician-scientists are uniquely adept at translating basic discoveries into cures. But graduate programs aren’t producing many such scholars.

Back in 1979, The New England Journal of Medicine warned of a crisis: The ranks of physician-scientists — typically, holders of both an M.D. and a Ph.D. — were fast shrinking, threatening science’s ability to translate basic discoveries into actual cures.

Some 37 years later, the warnings are still coming. They might have even intensified.

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