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How would one go about choosing a career in research versus a career in the medical field? Pros and cons of each?

I plan to matriculate and major in neuroscience this fall. I am quite certain about this choice but I wanted to know the opportunities available to me once I graduate in 2020. My initial thought was medical school, as many others choose, but I started thinking about research, particularly in neuro-degenerative diseases. Any thoughts? #college #doctor #career #healthcare #career-counseling #medical-school #neuroscience #research-scientist

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Herman’s Answer

Hi Amira,

As Senthilmurugan said, there are MD PhD programs after your undergraduate. Furthermore, there are many different options for research. I work in biotechnology/pharmaceuticals, most research scientists are PhD, but MDs do play a huge role in the development as well. MDs oversee the trials testing for safety and efficacy. I would suggest asking your professors while you are in college, and do internships to see what you really want to do.

Best of luck!

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Herman
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Shulin’s Answer

Hi Amira-Saadiya R.,

Very nice! Because you are so determined? about your decision, I assume you would like to have a master or ph.d degree.

If you go to the Med school, you will be a M.D., a lot of M.D. do research as well. If you like, you can go to grad school after becoming a M.D., then you will be a M.D., Ph.D.

If you decide go straight into research, you won't have a chance to treat patients but you will be exposed to a lot of techniques and theories, which will come in handy.

For either of them, you could decide you would like to stay in academic or industry.

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Senthilmurugan’s Answer

If you are interested in both research and Med school, you can do MD Ph.D .
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