Anonymous asked: I'm not sure if you've been asked this yet but why did you decide to do a MD/MPH? I'm thinking about doing an MPH before going to med because of my own interests in health promotion but also as an application boost/backup plan. Thanks!
I answered this somewhere, but I’m too lazy to search and link it so I’ll just retype it.
I began to consider it after I was accepted. I was debating it for awhile, because I basically thought I might want the extra letters behind my name. I realized that was a terrible reason (and it is). I decided not to do it.
I was accepted pretty early last year so I said fuck it
, yolo and decided to travel to Vietnam to volunteer in a center for kids with disabilities. While I was there, I realized that there wasn’t much a clinician could do at a place like that, and that there were a large number of social and behavioral determinants of health—as there are at home, but they played much more obvious roles in a setting where basic needs were barely being met. I decided that expertise in public health might give me a wider array of skills and allow me to help more people. So, I changed my mind and decided to do it. And it isn’t totally necessary (a lot of MDs go into public health roles without the MPH too), but I wanted the exposure.
If you’re passionate about public health—go for it! It can also be a good backup plan for people who want to be MDs; it is one of many great ways to help people (and is a lot of people’s first choice!). As far as a boost to med school: it can also be that. A couple of my classmates already hold an MPH, many of whom received it from our university. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that grad school is pretty damn hard. I have a few friends from undergrad who tried masters’ programs as a boost to med school but ended up with them being the nail in the coffin. That’s not meant to scare you, I’m sure you would do great, but carefully consider your other options if it’s mostly intended as a boost—there are a lot of great things you can do besides grad school to improve yourself.
I hope that answers your question, anon!