MD's and academic medicine

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  1. DarkChild

    DarkChild Senior Member

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    out of curiousity, how many MD applicants are interested in academic medicine...
    are there any MD applicants who are very interested in doing research too?
    and for those med students who do research, if you ultimately want to practice, why the interest in research?
     
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  3. Dr. Don

    Dr. Don Senior Member

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    I want to get into academic medicine, but nothing lab bench research related, but more clinical. I enjoy teaching a lot, but although I do have a lot of research experience, I just don't see myself being happy doing that for the rest of my life, however patient care and teaching medical students on clinical care of the patient is really what I'm aiming for in the future....anybody else?
     
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    ...100.
     
  5. pAkhtmAn

    pAkhtmAn pAkht mEmbEr

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    Hey,
    I'm kind of leaning in that direction too. I find lab work impossibly boring, but I definitely enjoy teaching. So I can see myself doing just that: clinical care and teaching medical students.

    thE pAkht
     
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    perrum365 Rebel Scum

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    so... how do we get into it? how do we get to become clinical professors? anyone know? :) it sounds like great fun to me
     
  7. SunnyS81

    SunnyS81 Senior Member

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    I'm interested in academic medicine. I am interested in clinical academics for two reasons:

    1) I enjoy teaching.

    2) I am interested in application of optimization methods in medicine.
     
  8. Gleevec

    Gleevec Peter, those are Cheerios

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    Yeah I think academic medicine is great because it allows you to

    1. Teach
    2. Conduct clinical trials/be more intimately connected to the PhD research that will eventually reach mainstream (ie be on cutting edge)
    3. Coworkers are awesome, it is a more team-oriented atmosphere
    4. It would just be so darn cool to say "I work at the * University Medical School"
     
  9. Adcadet

    Adcadet Long way from Gate 27

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    I hope to go into academic medicine. I want to see patients and conduct translational research. I also don't mind the idea of teaching.
     
  10. Adcadet

    Adcadet Long way from Gate 27

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    Why the interest in research? Because I am not satisfied with the current state of knowledge, and I desperately want to do something to improve the situation. I also have a lot of research experience, and I seem to be pretty good at it. I find research can be immenesly enjoyable one day, and very boring the next.
     
  11. TroutBum

    TroutBum Senior Member

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    I'm definitely leaning in that direction. It's funny because I didn't realize it at first, and actually didn't apply to Pritzker because they said they were so geared toward training academic physicians. I only started to think about it a bunch after I had to answer the question "If you couldn't go into medicine, what would you do?" and I knew right away that I would want to teach. So, why not combine the two??

    But to get a good position in academic medicine, you would still most likely have to do some sort of research, whether it's clinically based or lab based.
     
  12. AlternateSome1

    AlternateSome1 Burnt Out
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    Academic Medicine might be fun when I'm old and grey. After the insurance companies and lawsuits make medicine unbearable, why not have a back up plan?

    ~AS1~
     
  13. USeF

    USeF sunny L.A.

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    I'm at Pritzker. 'nuff said :)
     
  14. Gleevec

    Gleevec Peter, those are Cheerios

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    You are still practicing medicine though, just in an academic setting...
     

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