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Emerging Fields in medicine

Top Emerging Fields in Medicine you may not have heard of

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As the field of medicine evolves, so do the types of specialties that are in demand. A plethora of new career paths have emerged in recent years, thanks to advancements in medicine. At Windsor University School of Medicine, we equip our students for the future by integrating traditional medical education with emerging specialties like Genomic Medicine, Cancer Immunology, and Telemedicine. Our state-of-the-art Pre-Clinical Sciences Simulation Learning Center and dynamic curriculum, supported by advanced tools and research opportunities, prepare our graduates to excel in cutting-edge fields and improve healthcare outcomes. Our affiliations and commitment to societal well-being ensure that Windsor graduates are not only skilled physicians but also leaders in innovation and patient care. Join us to shape the future of healthcare, where your potential will be fully realized. Let’s take a closer look at 5 such specialties that you may not even know existed, but offer highly lucrative career choices, and see what they entail:

Genomic Medicine

While a specialization in genomic medicine is not unheard of, the advancement in medical technology has ushered in a new wave of researchers in this field. Contrary to a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the treatment and care of patients with particular conditions, Genomic medicine involves using a person’s genomic information as part of their clinical care, allowing specialists to create fully targeted, precision treatment plans for each individual patient – fully tailored to them and their individual needs and risks.

Preventive medicine specialists also benefit from developments in this field, since they can prevent adverse effects from potentially failed treatments and are at a far better position to predict disease risks. While genomic information is only one piece of the puzzle as to why some people get a particular disease, Genomic medicine allows scientists and healthcare professionals to comprehend how genomes are affected by external factors, such as lifestyle, habits and environmental exposure. This allows them to get to the root of genetic diseases and aim for prevention. By understanding how all these factors co-corelate, experts in this field are at the forefront of personalized medicine, improving clinical care and health outcomes for patients. With an increased emphasis on precision medicine, conditions like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and rare inherited disorders can be diagnosed and treated timely.

Cancer Immunology

This discipline investigates the interactions between cancer cells and the immune system, so that body’s own natural defenses can be trained to combat malignancies. This burgeoning field of medicine is fast gaining traction and opening doors for healthcare specialists the world over. While immunotherapy isn’t used as commonly as radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and targeted therapy, oncologists are labeling it the “fifth pillar” of cancer treatment. This groundbreaking field could potentially pave way for personalized treatment approaches, tailored for each individual patient, so that the right treatment can be provided at the right time – every time. Cancer immunologists work hand-in-hand with a team of oncologists to offer a more precise and effective oncological care. From Immune checkpoint inhibitors, to T-cell transfer therapy, Monoclonal antibodies and Immune system modulators, this rapidly evolving research field is transforming the oncological landscape, providing a beacon of hope to patients with hitherto untreatable conditions.


Telemedicine has been around for quite some time now but it gained popularity in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Health care institutions around the world are starting to incorporate virtual care in addition to inpatient and outpatient services, leveraging their own physicians or those employed by telehealth companies to provide primary care triage, specialty consults, and virtual rounding.  Telemedicine approach relies on electronic health records (EHRs) and electronic medical records (EMR) to make it easier for healthcare practitioners to share patient data and ensure coordinated care. In this day and age, Medical virtualists are in high demand, especially when it comes to providing virtual care and expanding access to quality healthcare services, even in the remotest and most underserved areas. As the demand for telehealth continues to see a rise, more and more specialists are switching to virtual medicine, working in a combination of settings. While it may seem like any specialist can easily switch to telemedicine, you may consider completing a telehealth certificate program to acquire a specialized skillset needed to deliver remote healthcare effectively.


Another emerging field in the world of medicine, this discipline deals with materials and structures at the molecular level. Nanomaterials are increasingly being used in diagnostics, imaging and targeted drug delivery. One of the best applications of nanotechnology in hospital medicine is particularly in the field of nanomedicine. Nanoparticles aid in drug delivery and controlled release to targeted cells or tissues, increasing therapeutic precision and effectiveness.  Nanomedicine holds immense potential to revolutionize healthcare by providing more precise, effective, and personalized treatment options. With the advancements in research and technology, nanomedicine could lead to significant breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases, ultimately improving patient outcomes and quality of life. If the interplay of nanotechnology and healthcare is something that captivates you, a career in nanomedicine holds myriad exciting opportunities for you.

Lifestyle Medicine

Most patients are suffering from some kind of chronic disease, and the leading cause of chronic diseases is an individual’s lifestyle choices. Everything from a patient’s diet to their stress levels, sleep quality, personal relations, and whether they lead a sedentary or an active lifestyle, can help lifestyle medicine doctors come up with personalized plans to prevent, treat and reverse a host of chronic diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Lifestyle medicine specialists offer positive, evidence-backed lifestyle modifications, so when you walk into an office of a lifestyle medicine specialist, they may empower you to adopt healthier eating habits, come up with ways to improve your quality of sleep and even craft stress management plans to improve your overall health.

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