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What Is an Anatomist and How to Become One

What Is an Anatomist?

An anatomist is a medical scientist who conducts research on human biological structures. Your job as an anatomist is to advance the field of medicine through your discoveries. You may work in a consumer science setting, a clinical environment, or academia. You need a doctorate in medicine, anatomy, or biological sciences to pursue a career as an anatomist. You must be a board-certified physician to work in clinical settings, and you need experience teaching and preparing curricula to teach and conduct research in a university setting.

How to Become an Anatomist

The qualifications you need to pursue a career as an anatomist depends on your specialization. To work in a clinical role, you need a medical degree (an M.D. or D.O.) as well as a license to practice medicine. To become a professor, you need a Ph.D. instead of or in addition to a medical degree. The responsibilities of an anatomist center on medical and biological research. Their duties include gathering and analyzing statistical data, working with patients to diagnose illnesses, identifying treatments, using medical laboratory and surgical equipment, and speaking in front of groups.