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    Hi,
    I am at the last year of my high school, majoring in science. I'd like to work in a medical research (I'd like to do neurophysiology). I am choosing between going on Biology course, or Medicine (to which I am more inclined). However, I somehow got the impression, that the medical schools nearby aren't very focusing on research, and the possibilities to participate as a student are not very high. And how are the possibilities to work at research after graduating the med school?
    Have you got any personal experience with research possibilities on biology or med schools? Or maybe some other advice?
    Thanks a lot.
    rickettsie


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    If your focus is research rather than the practice of medicine, a biology degree is a much faster, cheaper way to get there.

    You could be doing PhD or post-doc research in biology at much the same time as a new doctor is just finding their feet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    If your focus is research rather than the practice of medicine, a biology degree is a much faster, cheaper way to get there.
    Thanks, but...neither time nor money play an important role in my case, as education is free here and there is only one year difference between Biology and Med courses. Moreover, there's also an rational aspect: with medicine degree one has much broader range of employment possibilities even outside the research, if something went wrong.
    But can one really get into some serious research after graduating med school?
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    only one year difference between Biology and Med courses.
    Good grief! I hope I never get sick or need surgery where you live. Here, biology's a normal 3 year bachelor degree. Medicine is 6 years minimum - after all, it's really 2 degrees rolled into one course.

    Plenty of doctors move into research after graduation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    I hope I never get sick or need surgery where you live.Here, biology's a normal 3 year bachelor degree. Medicine is 6 years minimum - after all, it's really 2 degrees rolled into one course.
    I think I might have misexplained myself.
    Actually it's the same here, except that after doing bachelor degree in biology, one goes on 2 year master degree (bachelor is a worthless degree, no way of getting a job).
    Medicine, however, isn't split on bachelor and master degrees. One does 6 years and gets a master degree.
    So the actual difference between the two master programs is only one year. (Of course doctors have to work few more years to obtain meaningful license for practice, but since I'd like to stay in research that wouldn't be my case)

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    Plenty of doctors move into research after graduation
    Thanks very much, I think I'll try this way and hope I'll be lucky (and good) enough .
    thanks again,
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