Earning an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science

Becoming a Physician Scientist

Rachel Draelos, MD, PhD
17 min readJul 8, 2023

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Image by Author. The Duke MD/PhD graduating class of 2022

In May 2022 I became the first person to graduate from Duke University with an MD and a PhD in Computer Science. The process took eight years: three years of medical school and five years of graduate school. One of the most common questions I heard from other students and occasionally professors was “Why are you doing medical school…

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Rachel Draelos, MD, PhD

CEO at Cydoc | Physician Scientist | MD + Computer Science PhD | AI/ML Innovator