January 19, 2018

From dancer, teacher, or astronaut to doctor: When medicine is a second career

By Karl Oestreich

by Leah Samuel

Many physicians will tell you their path to medicine began in their youth. But for others, a career as a doctor was a later-in-life decision, a change of plans, a new challenge — for whatever reason, career number two… Many second-career physicians say their prior career continues to inform how they STAT lobopractice medicine. For instance, after Dr. Clayton Cowl graduated premed with a minor in journalism, he worked as a reporter while studying for his graduate degree. “I covered science, but I also covered horse-show jumping,” he said. “And I would be studying between stories.”

Reach:  STAT covers the frontiers of health and medicine including science labs, hospitals, biotechnology board rooms, and political back rooms. Hosted by The Boston Globe, STAT has more than 603,000 unique visitors to its web site each month.

Context: Clayton Cowl, M.D., M.S. is Mayo Clinic pulmonologist. Dr. Cowl's research focus is diverse and involve a variety of topics within aerospace and transportation medicine, as well as research into the conditions that are caused by or exacerbated due to environmental or occupational exposures.

Contact:  Bob Nellis

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