Hi everyone --
I'm very new to the bioinformatics scene but am contemplating a dual-degree in bioinformatics and medicine. I'm an incoming medical student at Stanford and will be applying internally to their graduate bioinformatics program (which spans bioinformatics and clinical informatics). I tried searching the forums, and while there were several posts addressing MS vs PhD in general, there was little information re: dual-degrees with MDs.
I'm primarily interested in combining bio/clinical informatics with diagnoses/treatments/outcomes of poorly understood neurodevelopment disorders (e.g. autism spectrum disorder) using large neuroimaging datasets. Would you suggest that I just go for the MS or pursue the PhD? I'm mainly wondering if the PhD would be overkill for someone who won't be doing full-time research or a valuable asset as bioinformatics continues to advance as a field.
Any and all opinions would be appreciated! Thanks so much!