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Becoming a doctor is a long and rocky road. But if you are motivated, show interest and are ready to work hard, then achieving a medical degree can be rewarding both intellectually and financially. A person with medical skills is sure to be at high demand to any industry in society. After having completed your medical education, there are numerous directions in which you can begin your life's work. However, not everyone is fit for medicine and even though it may sound interesting to you, it could be that your real vocation is not medicine but one of the following medicine-related fields. For example:
• Biomedical Research in the widest sense - from human physiology to cell biology and biochemistry. Biomedical researchers usually hold a PhD instead of (or sometimes in addition to) an MD, but this depends on the country. In the UK, for example, there are many doctors who spend most of their time in basic biomedical research. Thus, the route to biomedical research does not have to be via medicine but can equally well go via an MSc or a PhD in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry. The professors in the biological sciences at IUB can advise you on how to become a biomedical scientist. Biomedical scientists are usually employed in industry, state institutes, and at universities.
• Master of Public Health. Masters of Public Health usually work as managers or policy makers in health-related fields in governments, hospitals, or universities.
"Public Health" is defined nicely on the University of North Texas' website: http://www.hsc.unt.edu/education/sph/whatis.cfm. The Bloomberg School of Public Health (http://ww3.jhsph.edu/) is the most prestigious school of public health in the USA. Their curriculum can be viewed at http://ww3.jhsph.edu/Academics/MPH/requirements.html.There is more information regarding this area on the website of the American Association of Schools of Public Health, http://www.asph.org/aa_section.cfm/3.
• The following page has a collection of links on more and other health-related jobs: http://www.cln.org/themes/careers_health.html, such as dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractics, athletic training, physical therapy, biomedical engineering, etc...

The AAMC website provides a good start for anyone who is still not sure at this point. Visit one or both of the following links for more information:http://www.aamc.org/students/considering/careers.htm, http://www.aamc.org/students/considering/decision.htm


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