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
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.