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What careers in the medical field are possible without attending medical school?

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I'm in high school hoping to go into either a health or law profession after college. I am currently undecided about which university I want to go to and what my major will be. #medicine

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Valeria’s Answer

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Hi there! I’m actually pursuing a career as a physician assistant & I would highly recommend looking into it. It’s a great profession that has a lot of benefits. Some of my personal favorites include the ability to assess, diagnose, prescribe, & treat patients. A unique aspect about the profession is that it requires a collaborative effort between PAs and MDs for patient care. Additionally, PAs are trained in general medicine so they can easily switch into different specialities throughout their career. It’s definitely a growing profession!!

To become a PA, you have to complete your 4 year undergraduate degree (with any major) & then do a 2 year Masters program. No medical school!

Highly recommend looking into it! Good luck :)
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Allison’s Answer

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If you are interested in healthcare, it may be helpful to think about whether you are more interested in working with individual patients (e.g., as a physician or social worker) or working at the population level across many patients (e.g., as a population health worker or health policy professional). There are many different career options in healthcare, and making this decision can be an important first step to help you narrow it down!
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Shivani’s Answer

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Hi Henry,

There are quite a few options to pursue a career in medicine that does not have to do with getting your medical degree (medical school, M.D).

Some options you have are becoming a medical assistant, a nurse, nutritionist/dietitian, physical therapist, radiology technician, speech therapist, behavioral therapist, occupational therapy (helping patients with day to day things when they are injured or disabled).

The least amount of schooling from these options is becoming a medical assistant which involves a lot of administration work as well as helping doctors with giving vaccines, patient education, and taking their vitals., o

Many nutritionists/dietitian have a master's degree. Finally, special programs exist to get a 2-4 year degree with physical therapist and radiology technician, occupational therapist.

Hope this helps!
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Mary’s Answer

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Hi Harry!

I became an emergency medical technician (EMT) fresh out of high school that works on an ambulance and responds to 911 calls for a designated area. All it takes is a semester at a technical college to obtain your basic certification and another certification to obtain your advanced (you can do more stuff with this! (IVs, give medications, respiratory treatments, etc.)

It was a very good job as I learned how to talk to patients, how to formulate a treatment plan, and provide care. I highly recommend this if you are debating committing yourself to the medical field as it is such an easy certification to obtain and there are usually jobs everywhere.

Hope this helps!

Mary
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Richard’s Answer

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Nursing with option to transition to CRNA or nurse practioner
PA
Radiology technologist
Nuclear medicine technologist
Laboratory technician
Surgical scrub technician
EMT
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Estelle’s Answer

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How about nursing school then becoming a nurse practitioner? They have quite a bit of autonomy and are in high demand. Some people become physician assistants. I believe they only require 2 yrs after college. Finally, consider radiology technical specialties like ultrasound and echocardiography. There are so many job opportunities. Perhaps shadowing in the hospital or in a local clinic would help you see the other jobs available.
Good luck!
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