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Would you recommend a career in Preventive Medicine?

I’m considering going into medicine, but I don’t know what specialty is right for me. I would like a career where I can tackle important problems and make people’s lives better. What do you guys think? Would this be the right specialty? I’m trying to figure out which one is right for me. medicine healthcare career doctor medical

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Dennis’s Answer

Hi, please see below and good luck!

Clinical and Nonclinical
Career categories defining preventive medicine include clinical and nonclinical practices, according to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a clinical practitioner, you might see patients on a daily basis, providing examinations, screenings, immunization and counseling for prevention of health disorders and lifestyle modification. For example, clinical doctors may treat diabetics, cardiac patients or smokers and advise them on the beneficial aspects of healthy lifestyle changes. Nonclinical preventive medicine physicians look at social and behavioral factors of health and disease affecting groups or certain environments to determine health policy. You can work in both clinical and nonclinical areas of preventive medicine.

Specialties
Preventive medicine mainly consists of three specialties. Doctors in public health and general preventive medicine aim to promote and maintain community health or prevention in specific populations. Disease prevention, such as immunizations or food and water safety, plays a role in public health and general preventive medicine. Occupational medicine focuses on work-related health, illness and disease. A preventive medicine specialist in the occupational field studies the physical, chemical and social environments of the workplace, including toxic exposures and health maintenance. Aerospace medicine covers the air and space flight industry. Practitioners examine the health of operating crews or passengers aboard air and space vehicles.
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Blake’s Answer

Hey Shawn,

Here's what I found online:

The goal of preventive medicine is to promote health and well-being and prevent disease, disability and death.

Does this interest you? Based on the current state, this seems like it would be one of the most important positions in the medical field.

Thanks,
Blake
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Victor’s Answer

The answers to this question have fundamentally changed with the current crisis. It is hopeful that in the coming months and years the US and other countries will need considerably more preventative and family healthcare professionals. Less clear might be if the means more doctors and pharmacists only or nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc.
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Victor’s Answer

The answers to this question have fundamentally changed with the current crisis. It is hopeful that in the coming months and years the US and other countries will need considerably more preventative and family healthcare professionals. Less clear might be if the means more doctors and pharmacists only or nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc.
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