The FDA, Sunscreen, and an Alternative Career Path
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
This summer, pediatricians will undoubtedly encourage children to get outside and use their bodies to exercise, learn a new skill, participate in a team sport, swim safely...
I was glad to see the FDA
has just announced changes to better inform consumers (includes parents!) about sunscreens
, to provide additional and accurate information about what does and does not reduce the risk of skin cancer, sunburns, and early skin aging. It is not
okay to make things sound more effective than they are... what does the word "sweatproof
" mean anyway? Or "waterproof" or "sunblock" for that matter.
And speaking of the FDA, have you ever wondered what it is like to work for the FDA
? Are you interested in public health? Have you considered other
ways to put your medical training to good use? Pediatrician Dr Ii-Lun Chen
did, and she shares her quick take on a successful "alternative" career path...Alternative career paths are often not discussed during medical school and residency training. If you like reading, writing, and digesting cutting edge information on a regular basis, a career in the FDA may be a good fit for you. As a medical officer, you are trained to serve as an expert in the evaluation of preclinical and clinical data relating to the safety and efficacy of various drug products and to serve as a primary thought-leader working with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and reviewers along central product lines. Medical officers are also permitted to continue professional development of their clinical skills through weekly half day protected time to see patients.
For more information visit www.usajobs.gov
, use keyword "medical officer."
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.