Medicine is the science and practice of the diagnosistreatment, and prevention of disease. Medicine encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness. Contemporary medicine applies biomedical sciencesbiomedical researchgenetics, and medical technology to diagnose, treat, and prevent injury and disease, typically through pharmaceuticals or surgery, but also through therapies as diverse as psychotherapyexternal splints and tractionmedical devicesbiologics, and ionizing radiation, amongst others. (from

On a related note, there are many pathways into healthcare, not just studying medicine at university and becoming a medical doctor. A huge variety of people are involved in the process that leads to the treatment of disease, all with their own different experiences and skills, so if you are interested in this area, you should make sure to do some research about the different career options open to you before you decide that medicine is definitely the one for you!  

Tom Chisnall

PhD Student
University of Bristol

Research the genetic variation of Coxiella burnetii, a bacteria found in cow's milk. Looking at how the genetics varies across the country and compared to other countries. I have also worked in laboratories in The Gambia and the Netherlands.


University lecturer
Ulster University

Direct an undergraduate programme, coordinate, teach and assess specialist cardiology modules, preparatory placement for students and practice educators