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Question for Virology Profs and Majors

FARRLARR at .isu.edu FARRLARR at .isu.edu
Mon Oct 2 17:24:36 EST 1995

ez049598 at chip.ucdavis.edu (Silly Bean) wrote:
>I was wondering if I will need to attend Med. School to get a Ph. D. in 
>Virology and what schools would be good choices for grad school. Any help 
>will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

(1)  You will not need to attend Med School to get a Ph.D. in Virology.  
Any graduate school with a doctoral program in Microbiology can provide 
the appropriate training/degree.  However, if you are interested in doing 
clinical studies of viruses in human subjects, getting an M.D./Ph.D. will 
make things much easier for you.  Even without an M.D., you could 
collaborate with one after you get your Ph.D. and accomplish the same 

(2)  In my opinion, you are much better advised *not* to look for advice 
from others about what would be good schools.  What you are most likely 
to get will be general opinions about the "name" schools or suggestions 
that you go to a specific school because of the presence of someone with 
whom the person giving the advice worked.  While that situation may have 
worked very well for that person, it may not suit your needs at all.  
Instead, I suggest that you go to the recent literature and see who is 
doing the kind of work in which *you* are interested.  Wherever they are, 
they are obviously doing work that is accepted by their peers since it 
is being published.  If you do not feel you are sufficiently familiar 
with Virology at this point in time, complete a Master's degree program 
before moving on to a Ph.D. program, thus giving yourself more time to 
pin down your specific interests.   

Larry D. Farrell, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology
Idaho State University

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