I will be 26 years old soon. I did my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and I worked in an investment bank for sometime. Then I joined a masters in Applications of Mathematics, but I dropped out without completing the degree. I have been working as a research assistant for the past six months.
I have no real exposure to biology or medicine. But of late I feel very interested in Medicine. I began with interests in mathematically modeling bio-processes. I am also interested in instrumentation for bio-medical purposes.
Given my current circumstances, I feel I can indeed pursue a Ph.D. that would allow me to get involved with some medicine, mathematics and engineering. And I seem content with that.
But I want to know:
- If I too strongly feel like actually practicing Medicine (full-time with a license) after completing my Ph.D. will it be too late for me? Is it too late already?
- At the moment I am not imagining myself to be seeing patients in the future. I imagine to be more invested in research, publishing and lab-work. Will pursuing a degree in medicine be the right decision for me? If I am not a MD, will I be able to run clinical trials? I have come across some MD-Ph.D. programs, but I wasn't too clear about them.