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Unsure as to how to academically approach the future

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by AMSRebel, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. AMSRebel

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    Hey guys,

    Posting here for some advice.

    My area of interest in medicine happens to be Oncology, but I also absolutely love Genetics. Would there be a profession that combines these two? As of now, my understanding would be that my best bet is to do a M.S. in Genetics followed by medical school – specializing in Internal Medicine. This is simply what somebody recommended I do.

    Sorry if my questions come off as ignorant. Just switched to pre-med so still in the process of learning!
     
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  3. md-2020

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    There is no need to do the masters....
     
  4. doc05

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    if you're going to practice medicine, the MS in genetics is a waste of time and money. get some exposure to medicine and decide if it's right for you. if so, wait till med school to choose a specialty.
     
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  5. Goro

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    Oncologists nowadays have a good understanding of genetics.

    But first, get into med school, and then worry about specializing.

     
  6. neekzg

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    cancer genetics

    Specialty should be the least of your concerns for now though. Don't waste your time on a masters in genetics if your ultimate goal is medicine! There may be the possibility of an MD/PhD if you've done a ton of research and feel that it is your calling.
     
  7. NewHorizons

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    Hey!

    There are options in research for fields like molecular epidemiology, cancer-specific bioinformatics. I'm not exactly sure how you'd combine it all as a physician, but I'm sure there are opportunities to be involved in an interdisciplinary field with other specialists.

    Best wishes,
     

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