Research as a practice option involves conducting biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and health services research to understand underlying scientific, technological, economic, and social determinants to better prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, to improve patient outcomes and deliver better health care services. In academic settings, tenure and non-tenure track research paths are available for roles such as basic scientists and translational and clinical investigators. Many education, training and funding opportunities are available for M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students considering a research career.

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    Physicians (M.D.'s) and physician-scientists (M.D.'s or M.D./Ph.D.'s) in academic research careers usually spend greater than 50 percent of their time conducting research. These physicians spend the remainder of their time performing a combination of clinical care, teaching, and administration activities, based on institutional needs and the faculty member's interests and responsibilities.

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    Numerous national initiatives exist to encourage and support students interested in pursuing a research career as a physician scientist. Check out these links to learn more about becoming a physician scientist or get funding for a research experience.

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    The pharmaceutical sciences provides opportunities to use your research, business, and marketing skills. Learn the position types and settings within the pharmaceutical industry and how you can prepare to pursue a career in pharmaceutical research.

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