What Does a Medical Scientist Do?

April 9, 2017


When thinking of potential medical careers, those that involve direct contact with patients are the first to come to mind – doctors, surgeons, nurses, paramedics, etc. But the practice of medicine is deeply dependent upon the scores of professionals who largely work behind the scenes. Among them are medical scientists.

A medical scientist’s primary purpose is to conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. Duties may include:

  • Designing and conducting studies to investigate human diseases and proposed methods for prevention and treatment;
  • Preparing and analyzing medical samples and data to investigate causes and treatment of toxicity, pathogens and chronic diseases;
  • Developing safe and effective standards for drug potency, doses and methods that allow for the mass manufacturing and distribution of drugs and medicinal compounds;
  • Designing, building and testing new medical devices;
  • Working with health departments, physicians and other medical industry professionals to develop programs that improve health outcomes;
  • Writing research grant proposals and applying for funding from government agencies and private funding sources to assure that the work of medical scientists continues.

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