A medical degree provides you with an opportunity to pursue a wide range of careers. Here are four career paths you can choose as med majors.
If handling patients every now and then is not your thing, then you can specialize in medical research. There are different options you can choose from, including clinical research, laboratory science and health services research. As clinical research specialist, you will design and coordinate different research projects to ensure quality and consistency in testing, diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. As a health services research specialist, you will be responsible for developing and implementing all evaluation methodologies used in communities, healthcare technologies, and healthcare systems.
A majority of employers require those who have at least an MD or MD-PhD credential for research works. Researchers can work in academic medical institutions, healthcare facilities, government agencies or pharmaceutical establishments. If you are considering this path, it is very important you focus more on units that expose you to a lot of research while you are still in school.
You can also choose to use your degree to teach in a nursing school or any other medical training institution. Begin with basic science courses for first and second year nursing or medical students or take more advanced topics for the third and fourth years. You can also supervise student research projects and offer counselling to those who are undecided on their career paths. Before you become a medical teacher, there are certain requirements you must meet.
For example, Utah nursing schools require medical teachers to have PhDs and MDs in courses related to medicine. They should also have exposure to courses that concentrate on teaching strategies, curriculum development, student counseling, research methods, and educational technology.
If you are the type who loves to share with others the amazing things in medicine, then you can pursue medical journalism. Medical journalism in a potentially lucrative career, thanks to the increasing campaigns featuring medical discussions and awareness against different illnesses and unhealthy practices in the mainstream media.
You can use your extensive knowledge of different areas of medicine to educate others through the media or over the internet. You can choose to work with mainstream media like ABC, Huffington Post, and New York Times or establish your own health blog. Keep in mind that you may need additional training to perfect your practice. Also, you may have to read and research widely to keep abreast with the latest trends in the medical field.
You can also specialize in patient care, either as an employed or private practice physician. The quality of care of you provide will depend on your chosen area of specialization, type of practice, and location. So choose an area of specialization that you enjoy doing. Consider the tasks and activities involved in that area, the common medical conditions encountered, practice settings, earning potential and length of training. If you prefer a private practice, then you will need a valid operating license from the local authorities. You will also need strong leadership skills to help you manage and fulfill the mission of your practice.
Beyond these options, there are still many career paths you can choose using your medical degree. You can as well work in public health, medical informatics, political advocacy, sports, and clinical forensics. The choice is entirely yours.
- Nikki Bruno
- Capstone Press
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Andres Oppenheimer
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Careers in Medicine
- Terence J. Sacks
- McGraw-Hill Education
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