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What is the difference between MD and Phd?

Asked by C. Gray, Last updated: Oct 15, 2020

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G. Tanaka

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G. Tanaka
G. Tanaka, Dentist, MDS, Liverpool

Answered Oct 15, 2020

Both are higher degrees. MD stands for Medical Doctor, while Ph.D. stands for Doctor of Philosophy. MD can be traced back to the ninth century when it came into the Arabic medical universities. At the same time, Ph.D. has been said to have begun in the Middle Ages in European medical universities. Having an MD means getting to treat patients, while a Ph.D. involves a doctor’s degree in other fields.

MD relates to a higher degree in different areas such as arts and sciences. MD can prescribe medicines, while Ph.D. cannot, and Ph.D. is more research-based than MD. Doctor of Medicine (MD) began first. Acquiring an MD takes four years, while a Ph.D. takes four to seven years. Procuring a Ph.D. depends on the submission of the thesis paper. MD is achieved by doing two years of coursework and two years of rotational work in a hospital or clinic.

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M. Kennedy

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M. Kennedy, Web Content Writer, Denver

Answered Sep 16, 2020

MD and Ph.D. are both higher degrees; they both stand for different things. MD stands for “doctor of medicine” while Ph.D. stands for doctor of philosophy. MD is a higher degree that is related to medicine, while a Ph.D. can be obtained in various fields like science and art.

MD and Ph.D. are both higher degrees; they both stand for different things. MD stands for
When they are both traced to their origin, MD was traced to the ninth century, where it was introduced in the medieval Arabic universities. The doctor of philosophy oriented from the Middle Ages in European universities. In their time of the study, a person can obtain an MD in four years while Ph.D. is obtained in four to seven years. To obtain these degrees, a person going for an MD degree gets it after two years of course work and two years of rotational work while a person going for Ph.D. gets it after summitting his thesis paper.

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K. Myers

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K. Myers, Blogger, Chicago

Answered May 12, 2020

Some may be confused with the differences between MD and Ph.D. These are known to be higher degrees. Those who have these titles are considered to be more educated as compared to other people. Someone who has achieved a Ph.D. means that this person is a doctor of philosophy. This can also be used to describe the doctorate of the person in different fields.

Some may be confused with the differences between MD and Ph.D. These are known to be higher
When you say MD, this refers to a medical doctor. This is someone who has gone through med school and has already achieved all of the merits needed in order to treat patients. Take note that Ph.D. deals with researching more. Knowing this will help you to not get confused by using the two terms and titles.

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