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RESEARCHER: Day to Day Basis

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Jose works as a Researcher in Orthopedic Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center for over 2 years. He serves as a researcher trying to further the technology that pushes for the delivering therapeutic in the human body.

Degree: Biological and Physical Sciences
Job Title: Researcher
Employer: UC Davis

Job Summary: Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

Job Description

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

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Medical scientists who administer drug or gene therapy to human patients, or who otherwise interact medically with patients—drawing blood, excising tissue, or performing other invasive procedures—must be licensed physicians. To be licensed, physicians must graduate from an accredited medical school, pass a licensing examination, and complete 1 to 7 years of graduate medical education.

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Analytical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Problem solving skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Technical skills

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m='14930'>therapeutics</span> <span m='16880'>in</span> <span m='17090'>our</span> <span m='17190'>bodies</span> <span m='17930'>to</span> <span m='18090'>specific</span> <span m='18490'>locations.</span> <span m='19480'>So</span> <span m='21220'>as I</span> <span m='21710'>pursue this</span> <span m='22190'>research,</span> <span m='22620'>what</span> <span m='22820'>I</span> <span m='22910'>do</span> <span m='23400'>involves</span> <span m='26550'>doing</span> <span m='26800'>the</span> <span m='26920'>day-to-day</span> <span m='27470'>research</span> <span m='28030'>or</span> <span m='28180'>guiding</span> <span m='28620'>how</span> <span m='28900'>that</span> <span m='29050'>happens</span> <span m='29580'>as</span> <span m='29720'>we</span> <span m='29860'>do</span> <span m='30640'>experiments</span> <span m='31360'>and</span> <span m='31540'>try</span> <span m='31710'>to</span> <span m='31850'>prove</span> <span m='32500'>and</span> <span m='32610'>expand</span> <span m='33010'>the</span> <span m='33100'>concepts</span> <span m='33560'>that</span> <span m='33680'>we</span> <span m='33800'>know</span> <span m='34985'>on</span> <span m='35380'>how</span> <span m='35630'>to</span> <span m='35780'>deliver</span> <span m='36140'>therapeutics.</span> </p><p><span m='36465'>It</span> <span m='36790'>also</span> <span m='37150'>involves</span> <span m='37780'>meeting</span> <span m='38130'>with</span> <span m='38280'>multiple</span> <span m='38720'>people,</span> <span m='39190'>say,</span> <span m='39510'>professors,</span> <span m='40490'>investors,</span> <span m='42770'>and</span> <span m='43270'>different</span> <span m='43550'>individuals</span> <span m='44100'>who</span> <span m='45270'>can</span> <span m='45590'>help</span> <span m='45980'>us</span> <span m='46250'>pursue</span> <span m='46800'>this</span> <span m='47390'>type</span> <span m='47570'>of</span> <span m='47650'>project</span> <span m='48880'>as</span> <span m='49070'>well</span> <span m='49280'>as</span> <span m='49420'>grant</span> <span m='49710'>provider.</span> <span m='52320'>And</span> <span m='52710'>a</span> <span m='53160'>third</span> <span m='53620'>component</span> <span m='53980'>of</span> <span m='54050'>this</span> <span m='54840'>involves</span> <span m='56080'>writing</span> <span m='57270'>and</span> <span m='57730'>designing</span> <span m='58170'>experiments</span> <span m='59280'>and</span> <span m='59790'>also</span> <span m='60560'>publishing</span> <span m='60990'>them</span> <span m='61150'>in</span> <span m='61220'>the</span> <span m='61310'>literature</span> <span m='61870'>so other</span> <span m='62100'>people</span> <span m='62360'>can</span> <span m='62570'>know</span> <span m='62780'>what</span> <span m='63130'>we're</span> <span m='63290'>up</span> <span m='63540'>to</span> <span m='64080'>and</span> <span m='64300'>build</span> <span m='64550'>upon</span> <span m='64840'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='66030'>I</span> <span 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<span m='125950'>And</span> <span m='127230'>then</span> <span m='127410'>I got</span> <span m='127890'>my</span> <span m='128000'>MD</span> <span m='128435'>degree.</span> <span m='129350'>And</span> <span m='131120'>I</span> <span m='131310'>was</span> <span m='131720'>pursuing</span> <span m='132230'>an</span> <span m='132610'>orthopedic</span> <span m='132730'>surgery</span> <span m='133310'>residency</span> <span m='134490'>in</span> <span m='134790'>UC</span> <span m='135090'>Davis.</span> </p>","file":{"id":463778,"video_id":"3732491560001","name":"2704-jose-researcher1","duration":139088,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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