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To be a successful medical scientist, you should be detail oriented; organized; patient; enjoy conducting research; have strong scientific skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a research team. You should also be a good communicator since you will have to explain your findings to a variety of groups with a range of knowledge of the field—from fellow scientists, to the press, to the general public. Strong writing skills are important because medical scientists often write grant proposals to request funding for their research.

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