Why am I considering this program? To have both sides of education should I choose to be involved in any public policy planning in medicine.
If your primary focus is medicine and you want a legal background, spending an extra two years to obtain the JD seems reasonable. I can also understand wanting to understand the medical background for malpractice and personal injury cases. I don't, however, understand spending 6+ years working towards a medical degree just to obtain a fund of knowledge that will help in the latter scenario.
Yes, the prime focus would be medicine. An education in law would be a supplement. My question was more focused on which of these 2 options is better:1) enter a MD/JD program (which occurs in this order: 2 years med, 2 years law, 2 years a combination of both)or2) obtain the degrees separately (MD first, then later work on the JD part time)