For Medical Students, Dual Degrees Gain Popularity

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A lot of students aspire to be doctors or run businesses. Nico Grundmann refuses to choose.

The Stanford medical student's plan to become a pediatrician shifted while he was in Africa, where he set up health clinics and studied ways to deliver HIV treatments at a low cost.

He became inspired by the possibility of working overseas full time and decided one degree was not enough. Two years after he enrolled in Stanford University's School of Medicine, he also started working toward a master's in business administration.

Grundmann, 27, isn't the only overachiever out there. A growing number of medical students nationwide are putting in the extra time to earn dual degrees in public health, academic medicine and seemingly disparate fields such as law and business.

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