Medicine Career Options HelpWatch
I recently got offers to study Medicine, and I'm literally over the moon and can't wait to get started!
I probably could wait till med school to ask these questions, but I need to know now itself!
So, basically I am very interested in both Research based medicine(specifically regenerative medicine) but am also really interested in Clinical Medicine as well!
So my question is basically, is it possible for a doctor to do both things? I'd love to contribute to academia as well as my future patients!
Yes. There are academic foundation programmes and academic clinical fellowships for specialty training in many specialties, though these are quite competitive. Don't worry about them just yet though, settle into uni and get a feel for how things actually go before committing to anything particular.
Agree with not thinking far ahead but the competitive nature of academic medicine means that from year 3 onwards, you should start building your CV as the competition for AFP and ACF posts is quite intense, more so in some specialities than others. Keep an eye out for any opportunities to get involved in research projects or essay competitions in your preclinical years. In hindsight, that's probably the part of the course where you have the most time for these endeavours.