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I want to be a doctor and a professor, is that possible?

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Ghulam Husain’s Answer

Yes it is possible!
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Michel’s Answer

That is who teaches most of our classes. We usually always have a MD who teaches are classes. That is one of the nice things about the medical field is that it is broad and you can do most anything you want once you get a degree. If you want to teach you can if you want to do in patient you can out patient you can. If you want to work on research you can do that. You can also do a variety of each of these things. So you absolutely can do that. Pay is a thing that comes up frequently when looking at jobs in academics for medicine. If you are working in academics your pay will be lower than if you are working in hospitals until you get really high up in the school. The higher administrators in schools can make more than their counterparts, but there are only so many spots for administrators.
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Adam’s Answer

yes you can.
you will have plenty of time to learn about how to become a medical professor during your last years at the med school.
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Sushanta’s Answer

Yes. You can. There are few ways to approach this goal. Please note that being a physician needs constant focus on your studies for 8 to 10 years. But, reward is also great and it's worth taking this career path.

You may hear the term "Pre-med". Someone is doing Pre-med in the college. But, there is no major in college called Pre-med. So, what do they mean?

They mean that they are preparing themselves to appear in CAT examination. When you enroll into college then you can pick a STEM major. For example Biology, or Bio-medical. Please keep an eye to the CAT examination prerequisite as you select courses for your upcoming college semesters. You can take the CAT once you have fulfilled the requirements. You can pick the medical schools who will receive your CAT results.

Good luck for your journey to be a Doctor!

Sushanta Saha, Verizon
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Anna Lyn’s Answer

Hi Aamina,

Yes, you can be a doctor and a professor.
You can be whoever you want to be as long as you work on it. The possibilities are enormous out there.

One thing I’ve heard before which make sense is that, you can be an X, Y, or Z but can you teach and make a golden syllabus? Creating a class syllabus requires a lot of time, dedication, and a passion for teaching. What I mean is that whatever you put in your syllabus means you know them very well and that you abide by them. The reading articles you put in there have to be relevant to each and every topic of your course. I can go on and on about it but since you’re still in high school, you’ll eventually learn your way up there.

Enjoy life responsibly!!!

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Sadi’s Answer

This is definitely possible! If you are super good at anatomy, physiology or chemistry , you can look at neighboring colleges or universities and most will have part-time assistant professors to come teach classes. The great thing about that is that you don’t have to go to school for teaching part time, you can just have experience in that field. For example. my anatomy lab professor at Utah Tech University worked as a nurse practitioner and came to the school in the mornings to teach part time in one lab anatomy class and he was around 27-30 years old. The course consisted of him teaching us the parts of the body and where they were located in the cadavers. If you want to become a full on professor. You have to pursue an education up to a PhD now. There were several anatomy professors at Utah Tech who started off as doctors and then gained more education to come to our school and teach. The fun thing is you can be given great opportunities as a professor to make a program better! One of the anatomy professors, Dr. Walker, I’m pretty sure was a surgeon and he ended up creating his own textbook and anatomy coloring book that Utah Tech now uses to teach all of its students. My professor was a into exercise science and worked in that field before coming and teaching so he teaches anatomy with more of a muscle outlook. So you can go many different ways in your degree in healthcare and circle back around to be a professor in a certain class depending on what you decide you love to learn and teach.
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Megan’s Answer

Yes! Especially if you practice medicine at a university hospital. Often doctors at university hospitals are also professors of classes in the department. I know the ob that delivered my daughter also taught college classes, and sat in on judging clinical boards for new obs. I love your ambitions. Keep making wonderful goals for yourself. You will do great!
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Adrian’s Answer

Absolutely, most individuals who are senior and remarkable in their profession later choose to become professors.
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Pamela’s Answer

Hi Aamina,
You can absolutely do both. The good news is that if you join an academic practice, there are many ways to practice clinical medicine (seeing patients) while also teaching students and residents. This teaching can be done in a traditional classroom setting, an OR, on the “wards” (patient bedside in a hospital), in an office setting, or via video lecture.

Another great way to teach is in small-group settings reviewing clinical scenarios using patient actors which is where most students now learn clinical medicine.

One of my most favorite teaching activities was using simulation - I taught surgical procedures using models which I often built by hand.

The other thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to have the formal academic rank of “Professor” to teach. In most academic medical settings you begin as an Assistant Professor and work your way up to Professor over many years, but still do a lot of teaching along the way.

Hope this was helpful!
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Sophia’s Answer

This is definitely possible matter a fact to become a professor in a certain subject for college most of the time they require you to have your PhD. You can always become a doctor and if your long term in to be a professor you can double major so that was your don't have to go back to school to get the requirements to become a professor. I would suggest do your research as far as what is needed to be a doctor and what is need to be a professor also i would suggest bringing this up to your advisor so that they can guide you on how to make this possible so that you can do both
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