I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the MD-PhD program from a personal point of view (especially people enrolled in it), as I have read quite a bit on the internet about it and some things still remain blurry. I am going to start my final year of BSc Neuroscience this fall in the UK and I am currently working in a lab for an institute in the Netherlands. Even though my whole background suggests an easy choice to continue with a PhD after my graduation, I have always had my eyes set on medicine and neurosurgery in particular, and my life suddenly took an unexpected turn when I decided to go into research. I am loving my degree and my work right now is extremely satisfactory, but I cannot for a second stop imagining finishing med school and entering surgical residency, so after a bit of research this MD-PhD program popped up as an option and since it's quite a new thing for me, I hope someone could give me a heads up on what exactly the future of an MD-PhD looks like - would I have the exact same credibility and opportunities as someone who has just finished med school and is off to start their residency? After possibly obtaining an MD-PhD I would want to dive straight into pure medicine and pursue my all time goals of being a surgeon, so I'm a bit more interested in the pure medical field that one could go into with this degree. And I can imagine that raising some questions as to why not go into med school only if that's the future I want, however research has also grown on me these last few years of university and I'm sure once I have established a name and a career for myself, I would eventually return to it one day; besides, having obtained this bachelors right now and not follow it through would be too heavy on my conscience if I only go into med school. So please share any experience you have had with yourself or your colleagues, also if you know a bit about how the process goes for international students, I'd be extremely grateful!
PS Where I am coming from I've been told that with a BSc and sufficient lab experience I could go straight into PhD and skip the Master's (even though lots of people get surprised) - would that be the case for the MD-PhD program as well? Having obtained a Neuroscience bachelors from the UK and taken the MCAT, would I be eligible for this program? Thank you so so much!