Why I chose to be a medical doctor AND a researcher.
When I left school, I was faced with a big choice: do I follow my heart and pursue a career as a medical doctor, or do I follow my head and go into scientific research? So I ended up doing both. Throughout medical school, I was always involved in research. After I qualified as a lung specialist, I chose to dedicate half my time to research rather than sitting in a clinic all day. Sure it makes me extra busy, but the variety in my career keeps me passionate and stimulated.
“I research lung diseases using state-of-the-art technology, so I can better help my own patients”
For my current research, I probe the lungs of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to understand exactly why they feel breathless, using sound waves and novel imaging scans. These tools also help me work out why some people respond to medications while others don’t. I travel all over the world to present my research to other scientists, and when I come home, I get to update other doctors on the latest ideas and advances. Most importantly, I get to put the knowledge I have gained from the latest research into practice with my own patients - which makes mine a very satisfying career!
- Dr. Stephen Milne - Medical Doctor