James Sharer: Becoming a Doctor

Posted: August 28, 2014 in Education, Society
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James Sharer is a student at Pennsylvania State University, where he is a Biology major with a Vertebrate Physiology Option. He is planning on becoming a doctor.

As James Sharer knows, there are many different kinds of doctors, and many reasons why people decide to go into medicine. Some people become doctors because they think they will make a lot of money that way, and in some cases medicine can indeed be a very lucrative field. But others are motivated by more selfless concerns for others, and this is the category that James Sharer falls into.

“I want to earn my doctorate and pursue a career in medicine so that I can dedicate my life to helping those in need,” he says.

It takes a lot of hard work to become a doctor, and James Sharer knows what he is getting himself into as he prepares for his career. He is looking at four years of medical school once he gets his undergraduate degree, and then there is anywhere from three to seven years of residency after that.

Already, James Sharer has begun to prepare himself for a career in medicine. He is a member of the Biology Club at Penn State, and more importantly has been a research intern working with the director of the Smell and Taste Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “As a research intern, I managed databases using statistical software including SYSTAT and SPSS,” James Sharer recalls.” I also worked with patients administering various olfactory tests. I am currently working on a research paper pertaining to the effect of smoking on Parkinson’s disease and its various symptoms.”

James Sharer expects to graduate in 2016, and then go on to medical school.

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