HOW TO BECOME A NUCLEAR MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Nuclear medicine physicians are highly trained doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases using radiopharmaceuticals. These are drug cocktails containing radionuclides. When taken by a patient, the drug gets localized and emits radiation that can then be recorded with a camera and projected on a computer screen. Nuclear medicine physicians use the information obtained to evaluate the molecular, physiologic, metabolic and physiologic conditions of the body to make the appropriate decisions in diagnosis, treatment and research. They oversee patient care in this area and serve as consultants to other physicians. To become a nuclear medicine physician, you need the appropriate residency training after your basic medical education. Get the appropriate premed education in college, which includes a year each of physics, biology, organic chemistry, general chemistry and math. You do not have to be an official premed student. Medical schools prefer well-rounded college graduates.