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How Do the Arts Prepare You for a Career in Healthcare?

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The last few years have seen a rise in medical humanities as a recognized interdisciplinary field. But the tradition of melding medicine with humanities is a long one (think William Carlos Williams or John Keats), and it will likely continue to be important as long as there is a human on either end of healthcare.

Some may be surprised to learn that only about half of physicians studied biological science prior to entering medical school, and an unexpected number majored in English.

Many more clinicians turn to the arts during or after their training as a way to process their experiences and combat burnout. Doximity has spoken with clinician novelists, poets, podcasters, visual artists, and musical screenwriters in our Beyond the Bedside Op-Med series.

Last week, Dr. Peter Chai started a Twitter thread about his own experience studying the arts before becoming a physician.

Several fellow former humanities majors chimed in with their unique thesis topics…

…and how their non-science majors prepared them for their careers in medicine.

It turns out you might not even need to take the MCAT to be a successful medical researcher.

Did you have a non-traditional path to healthcare? Do you have a creative side you want to share? Tell us about it in the comments!

Also check out our new medical humanities series that allows Doximity members to share their creative work and explore what it means to them and their medical careers.

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