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I think unless you're very sure you want to do surgery and academic surgery, in particular, there's no point doing a MSc. before residency.


Many residency program offer the Surgeon-Scientist or Clinical Investigator programs where you have the option to do a MSc. or MPH or etc during residency...By then, you'll have a much clearer idea of career goals and area of interest.


Plus, if you're very keen on being a Surgeon-Scientist, a MSc. might not be enough any more (i.e. PhD) for many academic centres. I think a Fellowship is more important for landing an academic job.


However, maybe someone else can comment about whether a MD-MSc. actually gives you an edge during CaRMs? For some reason, I don't think it's the case.

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