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Association of American Medical Colleges

Academic Medicine®

Academic Medicine August 2013 cover

Academic Medicine®, the AAMC's monthly, peer-reviewed journal, is an international forum for the exchange of ideas and information important to medical schools and teaching hospitals.

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Considering a Career in Medical Research

It is an exciting time to pursue a career in medical research. The field of medical research continues to expand dramatically with each new discovery and technical innovation. This has led to new treatments for the prevention and maintenance of disease. There are various pathways for pursuing a career in medical research.


MD-PhD Dual Degree Training

MD-PhD programs provide training in both medicine and research. They are specifically designed for those who want to become research physicians, also known as physician-investigators or physician-scientists.

The MD-PhD dual career is busy, challenging, rewarding, and offers opportunities to do good for many people by advancing knowledge, developing new treatments for diseases, and pushing back the boundaries of the unknown.


PhD in Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical scientists carry out research to learn about the functioning of molecules, cells, and organisms. The discoveries they make are then applied to understanding how living organisms develop and function throughout their life span and to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human diseases.

If you are considering a career in biomedical research, this site will provide information on PhD programs, how to prepare for matriculation in one of these programs, what you can expect once you are there, as well as the exciting career paths available to students who complete these programs.


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