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How much schooling does a medical scientists require?


It will depend on the type of medical scientist you would like to be. Specifically, clinical or laboratory, specific field of medicine, etc. Are you able to provide more information regarding your interests? Laurie C. Marsolo, M.S.

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Paola’s Answer

Hi Vanisha, I agree with Monica's answer, but will add that it depends on what type of medical scientist you want to be. If you want to conduct clinical trials or hold higher-level positions eventually in your career, having an MD degree can help you. However, you do not need to be a doctor to conduct medical research. In fact, many very successful researchers that have made very significant discoveries are not MDs, they are PhDs. You could follow that path as well. I think a better question is why do you want to be a researcher. I was always told that becoming a doctor and a scientist would take too long and that it would be too difficult and expensive. I didn't listen to the naysayers because I was, and continue to be passionate about what I do. When you love what you do, time flies! and you find ways to make it work. So first, think if research is what you want to do and try not to worry too much about how long it takes. Once you have made the decision, you can put a plan in place regarding timing, location, financial support, etc. I wish you the best. Remember, if you can dream it, then you can do it!

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Monica’s Answer

Although having a bachelor’s degree (4 years) may help you gain access to entry-level jobs in medical science, such as lab assistant, it will be necessary to obtain a graduate (1-2 years), doctorate (4-5 years), or medical degree (4-5 years) in order to work as a researcher.

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Monica’s Answer

Although having a bachelor’s degree (4 years) may help you gain access to entry-level jobs in medical science, such as lab assistant, it will be necessary to obtain a graduate (1-2 years), doctorate (4-5 years), or medical degree (4-5 years) in order to work as a researcher.

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