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Are there any advancements or setbacks within the medical field that could deter my success?

Because I am still looking at many different careers, I wish to know of any advancements or setbacks that could deter my success. #doctor #medicine #science #professor #biology

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Carole’s Answer

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Emily: In one of the hospitals near me they are already doing genetic testing for Cancer risk assessment and are becoming a leader in cardio genetics. Many people are anxious to know their cancer risk when they are healthy. After you are tested you can spend time talking with a genetic counselor. If they find a risk they are able to do a higher level of testing and give some relief to the patient. Identifying genetic risk is what genetic testing is all about. Understanding the genetic background on many common diseases has taken a leap forward in the past few years. These advancements matter to all the population, because 2% of the population, even with no family history, may carry a susceptibility to a disease. This knowledge can change how doctors care for them and how important that information is for someone's family. I am aware that one lab will test for 50 hereditary cancer susceptibility genes at the same time for $250, but you do have to research this to find the right lab. I believe this advancement is a great one and Hope that we get more people interested in this type of job. The setback that I often here and have experienced is the crowded ER rooms and not able to get a bed for someone who is in distress. Sometimes they can't even find a doctor to see this person until the next day. These can be life and death setbacks and there needs to be a better procedure when going to the ER room. The fact that many Doctors have gone to being Concierge Doctors, (meaning that they charge a yearly fee for the patient, but are on call for these patients at all times, even when they are in the hospital! That kind of doctor might be a big advancement and advantage to the care of the patients. I have experienced this and feel it is a good way for me. I think that the advancements that have been made are not a determent but a plus for medical personnel. I also think that the deterrence, if any are within the political and arena and the people need to make decisions when it is time to vote.



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If you are interested in the medical field check out Genetic Testing and what is required to get more knowledge and maybe even a degree. I think this will be around for a long time after people know more about it and help others to optimize their lifestyle.
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Ryan’s Answer

Emily, give some time to focus on your interests to help guide your path forward. Medicine is a hugely rewarding field that demands a high price (figuratively and literally) for those that pursue it as a profession. That being said, to be successful you will likely have to pay your dues in any field. Look for opportunities to transition from success in one area to success in another. If you expect life to conform to your plans it will be more difficult than looking for opportunities to be successful in what you enjoy. If there are other interests that are as attractive or more attractive than medicine, strongly consider those. Being open to opportunity and looking to solve problems for others is going to be important no matter what field you pursue. Best of luck!
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