There’s lots of information out there for people who are thinking of becoming a Doctor. For example:
It’s worth also noting that there are lots of careers available to Doctors, beyond hospitals or GP practices!
Many of the Doctors who work with our research group spent part of their time in the Hospital, working with patients, and part of their time in our research group.
During medical training, you have a number of options if you’re thinking of doing research.
- Do a joint medical degree/ PhD. Some Universities offer an MDPhD or MBPhdD programme, which you enter after 3 years of undergraduate study.
- Choose academic junior doctor placements. These typically give you 3-4 months out, and are a good place to build some research experience with plans to do something more comprehensive later on.
- Take time out of training to do a PhD. Usually this is done once a Doctors specialises, 5-6 years into training.
Most of the Doctors with the research group have taken the third option – they have done junior Doctor training, and are specialising in Infectious Diseases/Microbiology. After 5-6 years of work post medical school, they then apply for money from organisations like the Medical Research Council, or Wellcome Trust, to fund a 3-4 year PhD. After this, they return to clinical work for another 2-4 years, and qualify as a Consultant. They often continue to work part time in Research, with the long term aim of setting up their own research group.
For some examples of work done by Doctors during their PhD:
Using DNA analysis to track resistant E.coli around the world
Severe infections emerge from colonising bacteria by adaptive evolution
Safely reducing antibiotic use in the acutely ill: but at the cost of more admissions?