Speaking of the importance of a broad educational experience for future physicians, a recent American Medical News story takes a closer look at the increasing popularity of dual-degree programs among medical students in the United States. Numerous schools, including Stanford, offer multi-degree programs, and the rise in students seeking to earn two advanced degrees at once has led some schools to create new programs.
Carolyne Krupa writes:
Combined enrollment nationwide in MD/PhD, MD/JD and MD/MBA programs alone has increased 36%, from 3,921 in 2002 to 5,349 in 2011, according to the Assn. of American Medical Colleges. Most of them, 5,023, are in MD/PhD programs. The AAMC suspects its MD/JD and MD/MBA tallies are undercounted.
The number of dual-degree programs also continues to grow. In some cases, medical schools are branching out to other universities. For example, a partnership started in 2007 between Mayo Medical School and Arizona State University allowed the medical school to offer several new dual-degree options in areas such as business, law, biomedical informatics, biomedical engineering, mass communications, and clinical and translational science.
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