How does one begin to specialize in a medical area of study?
I have a few medical topics that I'm more interested in studying than others. These might just be questions that I will have answered when I learn more in medical school, but topics like brain activity have a lot to offer in terms of research. If a person wants to begin specializing in a certain topic, should they pursue medical research over being a practicing doctor? Do certain medical careers lend themselves to specializations more than others do? #medicine #hospital-and-health-care #healthcare #neuroscience #career-counseling #career-choice
Nick Collins, MS, RN, CNS
Second, your question seems to address an either or scenario, whether its ideal to go into clinical practice or research. Why not do both? Some medicalschools offer combined MD/PhD programs in which you get trained as an MD, but also do research. Additionally, I'm sure many medical students and physicians on here can also comment on doing a research experience, either with a mentor, through a university lab. I'm not sure your an undergraduate student yet or currently looking at schools - but I'd look for a program/school that offers an opportunity to do research. Also, most universities have a medical scholars program - a program for pre-med student where the undergrad school has an agreement with the medical school, if students meet certain requirements.