Biochemistry And Medical Science: Two Mutually Linked Subjects

Let’s find out what is common between Biochemistry and Medical Science and why it is worth studying as an alternative option.

Medical career is always like a dream to student after 10+2 as it provides the opportunity to serve the society, honour and huge financial stability. Cracking the medical entrance is not an easy job, sometimes students with very good preparations falter. But what we don’t know is that there are several other options which are also good or even better in scope and opportunities. One such option is a career in Biochemistry which is closely related to medical sciences. Let’s find out what is common between Biochemistry and Medical Science and why it is worth studying as an alternative option.

The total health care system starting from diagnostics, drug development and prescribing medicines by a doctor heavily depends on medical research data. It is a fact that a battery of biomedical scientists is always working on these aspects of medical sciences and coming out with valuable inputs which are implemented by front line medical practitioners. As an example, we can simply think about the development of COVID-19 test kits which have been developed by research scientists working in different laboratories. Therefore, it can be rightly said that medical research is the backbone of medical science. This opens the scope of biochemists in medical research. 

Biochemistry is the study of chemical aspects of life.  It is true that the goal of medical science is not only to expand our knowledge of the nature of life but also it exists in the practical application in the clinical field. Biochemical analysis is the key thing to facilitate and understand the molecular phenomena and the data collected from these researches provide strong support to the health workers to serve mankind in a better way. In the near future with the help of patient genetic data doctors will treat patients so that he or she can be supported with individual-specific medicine.  In fact, the path of medicine in the upcoming years lies on the outcome provided by biochemists in the laboratory environment. Biochemistry students in their curriculum learn required subjects perform hands-on practical which not only give them wholesome knowledge to understand modern biological research but also help them to become future medical scientists.   

In developed countries, there is a greater focus on medical research which resulted in excellent medical expertise. Developing countries like India has now focused in this area and more funding is also available to develop medical systems. The present pandemic situation has increased this aspect many folds and there is a greater need both in academic and professional terms of studying biochemistry as a stepping stone to become medical scientists. Disease identification in clinical diagnosis through signs, symptoms and analysis of different samples for diagnosis and treatment for patients opens career opportunities in these areas. Become a ‘Medical transcriptionist’ is a very upcoming career choice for biochemists where professionals transcribe voice messages dictated by health practitioners and make clinical reports. Many large healthcare groups are now hiring people from bioscience background for ‘clinical coordinator’ post where they act as liaison between patient families and healthcare professionals. Each year medical device manufacturing companies hire lots of people with bioscience background as marketing executives who understand the science behind instruments and thus they play an integral role in the brand making along with success. 

Post COVID-19 era will see an increase in government health system jobs and a biochemistry degree will certainly help a student to acquire all these jobs easily as the knowledge of biochemistry will give them an extra edge over other bioscience people as it provides in-depth knowhow of all the life processes.  

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