Possible to be an ID doctor, work in public health, and aid research?

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    You can try to do 3 separate careers and you might end up being able to do them... poorly.

    Is it possible to be an epidemiologist, do epidemiology research, and maybe have a clinic day each week? Sure. But you definitely won't be having a full clinical practice, be a public health guru, and be doing basic science research.
     
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    Google CDC and EIS.

    It really depends on the specifics of how you want to carry out those roles. You will have to prioritize and some things will have to give. Also, you might do multiple roles in your lifetime, but not necessarily at the same time. I'm studying epidemiology right now and here are descriptions of two faculty members career paths you might be interested in:

    1. Doc did combined Med/Peds for residency, then did an ID fellowship with an MS in Epidemiology.
    He was faculty at one university for 5 years, now he's at mine. He's faculty member and the director of global pediatrics . He sees pediatric patients and has NIH funded research to conduct malaria research at several international sites, his research is translational and epidemiological. He also has published poetry.

    2. This next guy did his MD, Internal Med. residency, then got an MPH and did an ID fellowship. He did an EIS fellowship with the CDC at right around the time AIDS started showing up. He took a position as chief of a research branch at a dept of health focusing on AIDS. He then moved to be an assistant prof of epidemiology and also saw patients in a clinical practice. He moved here and took a position at the dept. of health and saw patients. He joined the faculty at the university here. He does global HIV epi research and teaches epi courses. He wanted to keep seeing patients but felt he couldn't juggle everything and the dept. made him choose, so he stuck to research and teaching. But over the years, he's worn all the hats and he really seems happy with the path he's taken.
     
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