Unsure as to how to academically approach the future

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

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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!
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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Oncologists nowadays have a good understanding of genetics.

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

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!
 

neekzg

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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.
 

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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!
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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