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My dr has md, phd on her lab coat, does the phd make her smarter than other drs?

In my mind it does now i only want to see her for visits an i being ridiculous?

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    Not necessarily.  It means that she also engaged in significant medical research and additional study in a specific area.  It doens't necessarily make her a better doctor.  I have a colleague who is a medical doctor (opthamologist) and he also earned a PhD while in medical school; he studied some connections between the brain and the eye. He did it because he was interested in that research, and also because participating in that MD/PhD program provided him with a tuition waiver and stipend for medical school.  But he'll be the first to admit that it doesn't make him a better doctor and doesn't really relate to his work in his practice.

    MS
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  • Not necessarily.  It means that she also engaged in significant medical research and additional study in a specific area.  It doens't necessarily make her a better doctor.  I have a colleague who is a medical doctor (opthamologist) and he also earned a PhD while in medical school; he studied some connections between the brain and the eye. He did it because he was interested in that research, and also because participating in that MD/PhD program provided him with a tuition waiver and stipend for medical school.  But he'll be the first to admit that it doesn't make him a better doctor and doesn't really relate to his work in his practice.

    MS 1 month ago 1 0
  • No, it does NOT mean she is any smarter than other M.D,s. My best friend was admitted into a double doctorate program in 1975 or 1976. . She got am M.S. in biophysics, but after her Ph.D adviser told her that 90% of her time would be either reading or writing grant proposals, she decided not tl get the Ph.D. she wanted to practice medicine and help people, get married and raise a family while being a neurologist and brain surgeon.

    Tulane medical school no longer offers a double doctorate program. Things have changed a lot since 1983 when she and her husband graduated from medical school.

    CarolOklaNola 1 month ago 0 2
  • Most people who do the MD-PhD are planning a research and teaching career.  I have two cousins who hold the dual degrees, and they are both university professors.

    Such people are less likely to go into a patient treatment practice.  However, what your doctor's dual degrees mean is that she is an advanced expert in a given area, that she has considerable research experience.  If you are seeing her for reasons of an unusual illness or condition/disorder, she could well be a better choice than a straight MD. 

    Lili 1 month ago 2 0
  • No of course not.  Not everyone wants or needs to do a PHD to satisfy their goals, nor should you judge competency based upon just that.  An academic degree such as a PHD can have no bearing on medical competency at all, and can be in any subject.

    Diane A 1 month ago 0 1
  • It means this doctor is likely a specialist in something or other & only takes patients for this specific area. Any other conditions, or general medical care, will have to go to another doctor.

    ibu guru 1 month ago 0 1
  • It doesn't make her smarter.  It suggests that she is/was more interested in the academic study of some subject than was possible in Medical School.  A Ph.D. is a doctorate degree in an academic subject.  An MD is a doctorate degree in western medicine (diagnosis and treatment) of disease.it also means she had the financial resources to stay in school longer. 

    Feel free to ask her what her Ph.D. is in.  It may or may not be related to medicine or your specific medical issues. Don't be worried about seeing other doctors.

    Mamawidsom 1 month ago 0 0
  • MD is medical doctor; this is the degree conferred after completing medical school. A PhD is a doctorate of philosophy. PhDs are completed by conducting empirical research and writing and defending a dissertation. It’s not possible to guarantee which degree was completed first. It only means your doctor has completed both. 

    Expat 1 month ago 1 1
  • Yes. She went through a few additional years of education to get her PhD. 

    An md has a college degree then medical school. 

    A PhD has a college degree, went to medical school, and spend another 4 years in grad school to get the PhD. 

    Donnie Porko 1 month ago 1 3