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A Career in Medicine

A career in medicine is considered a respectable one, as it gives you a chance to serve people and the society. With advancement in the field of microbiology and technology, there is more scope for research and precision in finding cures for various illnesses. So a career in medicine ensures sufficient room for pushing your boundaries and exploring, and at the same time it promises inner satisfaction. However, being a doctor or nurse is also a job of tremendous responsibility. One must carefully consider its pros and cons before enrolling for medical education.

Why choose medicine

  • Doctors end up sharing a warm bond with their patients who always look up to them with gratitude. This makes medicine one of the most respected professions and it gives the doctors an overwhelming sense of satisfaction.
  • You can start earning from the time you work as a trainee. Your salary will increase with your experience. If you are especially skillful, your progress will be faster.
  • Medicine as a field is full of variety. There are more than 60 fields you can choose from to specialize in. Within the specialty, again there are several options you can choose from. This gives you tremendous freedom to zero in on the role that would suit your personality.
  • As per this article and many other credible sites, a career in medicine is considered one of the best around the world.
  • In case your interest is not so much in practice as in research, you can take up a career in teaching, research and management and work to develop in the field of medicine.
  • If you can think creatively, you can come up with new medicinal formulations that can help people address medical issues that they are not comfortable to confide with another person.
  • There is job security in the field of medicine. Even during a recession, there is a very slim chance of any downsizing, even in the private sector.

You can click here to read stories of real people about why they opted for this field.

The skills and abilities you would need

  • Medicine as a scientific field requires you to have a scientific bent of mind: not just the ability to assimilate facts but also to think creatively. A scientific mind has a good analytical power and has good reasoning skills.
  • You must also have the ability to retain a lot of information with precision. An ability to constantly learn and keep track of new developments in the field is also a must.
  • You have to be a team-worker. Since a doctor’s job is patient-focused and requires him/her to cooperate with other doctors, you need clear communication skills.
  • Ability to manage time, leadership skills, and an open and enquiring mind would be some helpful skills.

The areas where you can get employed

Since healthcare is one of the primary needs of humans, there are a number of social setups in which you may find employment. For example,

  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Research institutes
  • Private healthcare institutions
  • Old age homes
  • NGOs
  • Clinical trial organizations
  • Defense and armed forces
  • Prisons
  • Health camps
  • Air ambulance services
  • Rescue teams/ Disaster management teams
  • University teaching

For more detailed descriptions of these fields like science and pharmaceuticals, or health and social care; have a look at a job board like this one.

Choosing your specialty

The following are some of the more popular specialties in medicine:

  • Pediatrics: Pediatricians are trained in the healthcare of children and adolescents. The range of illnesses that they take under their responsibility includes physical health, genetic defects, organic diseases, injuries etc. They are experts in behavioral and emotional assessment of children and can be consulted in case of domestic violence or drug abuse. They also work to reduce infant mortality rate and to improve lifestyle habits of children.
  • Surgery: A surgeon is responsible for operating upon any specific part of the body (requires further specialization). The surgeon is responsible for the complete preoperative, operative and postoperative states of a patient. S/he may also refer the patient to other specialists if the patient is found to suffer from other maladies.
  • Psychiatry: A psychiatrist is a specialist in all kinds of mental and emotional disorders, such as mood disorders, psychotic disorders, schizophrenia, bipolarity, etc. The psychiatrist’s treatment method is not limited to counseling. S/he can prescribe laboratory tests and can also give prescriptions.
  • Gynecology and obstetrics: Women’s health is an often neglected but very important area. A woman’s reproductive health may undergo various changes resulting in a number of complications throughout the lifetime. An obstetrician especially deals with childbirth while a gynecologist is responsible for overall health of a woman, as she hits puberty, menstrual cycles, menopause, as well as emotional well-being.

For a thorough custom search of all current fields in medical science, visit the AAMC site.