- MIHIKA AGGARWAL,FINAL YEAR MBBS
DY PATIL SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, NAVI MUMBAI
The future of medicine lies in technology. Technology will allow doctors to become efficient in treating patients and make ground breaking innovations. With fields like nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and bioinformatics coming up, it’s quite possible that pediatricians might be able to correct genetic conditions in utero with gene editing in the future!
In this age of technological advancements and social media, various new career options have emerged in each field. And the field of medicine hasn’t been kept vary of it.
As of 2019, any MBBS graduate does not have to just pursue the traditionalistic MS or MD but can choose from a plethora of options.
The first on the list is ClinicalResearch
The medical industry is constantly evolving, and is extremely dynamic. If you have a penchant for curiosity and a love for conducting and leading research projects, you might want to give medical research some serious consideration. New drugs, treatments, technologies etc. are being developed daily.
Clinical research opens doors to advancing prevention, treatments and cures for diseases and disability. It caters to finding the ‘WHY’ and ‘HOW’ of medicine which we often forget to ask.
In recent years, various advancements have been made in clinical research and its scope is increasing in India. We can find inspiration from many exemplary scientists who made a mark in the field of clinical research.
One such name is Dr.AtulGoel. He has been instrumental in neurosurgery creating an innovative technique that he calls atlantoaxialfacetal distraction and craniovertebral realignment. The technique used to treat basilar invagination is fast being adopted across the world as a better alternative to the conventional procedure of surgery via the mouth.
Another duo who have made a breakthrough discovery is ParthaDasgupta and SujitBasuwhen they discovered that dopamine doesn’t just work as a mood booster, but could also help kill tumours, in a 14 year old study.
Asima Chatterjee proved that Indian women can make just as important scientific contributions to medicine as their male counterparts through her research on periwinkle-derived alkaloids that have anti-cancer properties. She also contributed to the development of powerful anti-malarial and anti-epileptic drugs.
This is an unorthodox field which has recently come up and promises new innovations in the field of medicine.
It involves Regenerative Medicine using novel nanomaterials.
Regeneration of tissues and organs is an exciting area of research, and involves developing a nanostructured scaffold based approach for tissue regeneration.
It also deals with early diagnostics and treatment of diseases such as cancer through cancer nanotechnology, developing medical devices with improved biocompatibility and function using nanomaterials and development of biomedical Nano sensors.
If you are a medical student who loves molecular biology then the field for you is bioinformatics.
Bioinformatics now entails the creation and advancement of databases, algorithms, computational and statistical techniques and theory to solve formal and practical problems arising from the management and analysis of biological data.
Over the past few decades rapid developments in genomic and other molecular research technologies and developments in technology have combined to produce a tremendous amount of information related to molecular biology.
Common activities in bioinformatics include mapping and analysing DNA and protein sequences, aligning different DNA and protein sequences to compare them and creating and viewing 3-D models of protein structures.
Electronics technology continues to make an astonishing impact in medicine. An entire biomedical industry has emerged with sophisticated diagnostic, treatment, and surgical systems that are extending our lifespans and giving us far more enjoyable lifestyles.
Research and design efforts are reaching down into the atomic and molecular levels to better understand and create biomedical systems that interact more smoothly with the human body. From developing silicon brain implants to cure Alzheimer’s and stroke to the development of a stomach pacemaker which will help overweight individuals lose weight without surgery, there are varied researches being conducted.
We can say that imagination holds no bounds as to how far technology will go in the medical field. We can certainly expect to live longer and better lives thanks to electronics technology!