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I’m curious about Professors in medical schools
Are they doctors too. If no how come they have great knowledge and still not doctors #doctor #premed #surgery #medicine


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Katherine’s Answer

Professors in medical schools are almost always "doctors," though perhaps not physicians. While a physician in the U.S. holds either an MD or DO degree, many professors have earned PhDs. Someone with a PhD can also be addressed as "Doctor," and they usually have a very specific area of expertise. Some medical school professors who have PhDs instead of medical degrees may be experts in physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, or other topics relevant to the field of medicine. These professors not only teach students, but also conduct scientific research to better understand the human body and improve treatments for disease.

Thank you..... if you complete medical school with good GPA can you be a professor in medical school Irene M.

Potentially, yes! You would most likely also need to show aptitude for academic work such as teaching and research by doing those things from college and through med school too. You can start by applying for undergraduate tutoring, research, and Instructional Assistant jobs now (I am assuming you're an undergraduate student, but if you're in high school, it's not too early). It's also a good idea to reach out to your teachers/professors, and counselors now. They should be able to point you to good opportunities in your area. Katherine Hornsby

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Shivani’s Answer

Hi Irene,

I would like to add that professors in med school are usually broken down into clinical faculty and science faculty. The clinicians (MDs and DOs) that teach you clinical skills such as physical exam skills and thinking through patient presentations. The science faculty (usually PhD) teaches you about hard sciences such as biochem, physiology, genetics.

Together both the clinical and science faculty work together to make the content fit in each organ system to get a complete picture. Hope this helps

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Alexandra’s Answer

During medical school classes can be taught by medical doctors (MD) or scientists (PhD). Both of these graduate degrees allow a person to be called "Dr." For the most part, it really depends on the medical school and course as to which type of professor teaches the course. For example, in my experience the course I took on cardiology was taught by a physician, yet my neuroscience course was taught by a PhD. Both courses were great and both professors offered different strengths. For example, the physician was able to make some clinical correlations he had observed whereas the scientist could go in depth regarding different studies and research he himself was doing. Ultimately, these courses are all designed to give you the background you need to understand the disease processes at play in different parts of the body. Then, when you enter your clerkships (3rd year of medical school) as you see patients with different conditions this background will serve you well as you will have a better understanding of the science behind the disease and why it presents the way it does. Hope this helps, good luck!

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Riley’s Answer

This does depend on the specific course and school that they are teaching. However, it is pretty standard to assume that one of the requirements for this job is to wither have an MD (doctor of medicine) or MS (master of surgery). Another route that would qualify them is earning a bachelor's in MBBS, which is a bachelor of medicine and a bachelor of surgery.

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Estelle’s Answer

Most of my professors were doctors ( MD or MD/ PhD). They chose to teach instead of practice medicine. Attending physicians in residency often teach classes for the medical school and take care of patients in the hospital or in clinic. There are all kinds of combinations of teaching and patient care.

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Richard’s Answer

Yes most medical school professors are physicians. Some of the lecturers during the first two years of sciences can be PhD’s with expertise in the field in which they lecture. The instructors during the last 2 years of medical school in which students are trained in clinical medicine are all doctors.

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