What is an Immunologist? An Immunologist is defined as the study of an organism’s defense (immune) system. They are a medical specialist who works with the immune system, the systems in the body responsible for protecting it from infection and disease. This is a very broad branch of the biological and medical sciences and the individual works in what is known as immunology.
An Immunologist is either a scientist or clinician who specialize in the field of Immunology (immune system). They work in many different areas of biomedical research, factors that affect the immune system, as well as in healthcare with many conditions and diseases, as it impacts on many areas of conventional medicine. Including, in agriculture, and environmental monitoring, etc., because Immunology can be applied to several other scientific disciplines.
Immunologists, who conducted research, like Dr. Hartman; do so to increase our understanding of how the immune system works. Many health conditions and diseases are caused when the immune system behaves incorrectly. Immunologists try to understand how and why the immune system malfunctions and causes conditions and diseases. They also conduct research to find out what happens when the immune system fails to work properly, and try to figure out why; and ways in which to achieve a homeostasis environment.
Years ago, an Immunologist typically spent most of their time at a laboratory and some Immunologists still do not take and treat patients, but instead focus on scientific research. Today, the broad and complex nature of the immune system makes it essential that immunologists adopt a multidisciplinary approach to their work. Those who work with patients, as Dr. Hartman does; directs their attention individually to find ways in which to help patients with Immunological disorders. This can be accomplished several ways for patients. Dr. Hartman looks at and considers all factors with patients. e.g., lifestyle, nutrition, past and current health, assessing of past and present allergic reactions of all types, respiratory symptoms and conditions, gastrointestinal discomfort, skin rashes, conditions and disorders, allergies of all types from drugs, food, environmental factors and contributors, etc. All in hopes of maintaining proper immune functions, protection, returning to homeostasis; and to help with the alleviation of many pains, discomforts, reactions etc.
Who qualifies for the title? Medical physicians and those with a PhD. A medical degree is not required for those who work directly with patients, but they are required to have a Ph.D. in their field. Dr. Hartman has two PhD’s in her field and wrote her PhD Research Dissertation on the Immune System and proved if running effectively can prevent many health challenges /conditions we have today…
Does an Immunologist have to publish to earn a PhD: Years ago this held true, however, now it is up to the university and/or college. Academic publication is not required to achieve a PhD degree. In fact, PhD programs exist largely to train students in research so they can later publish in academic journals during their careers. Academic publication in journals is not the only method available to a PhD, a large-scale research projects, sometimes requiring hundreds of pages of reporting, are commonly published in book form. Many new PhD graduates publish book-length works based on the thesis they completed as a PhD student.
How Long does it normally take to achieve a PhD? a Doctor of Philosophy, regardless of the subject of study, requires a set of tasks that typically take 5-6 years to complete. However, a full-time Ph.D. student can finish within 2-3 years. It also depends heavily on the number of course credits required to get a Ph.D.; which may vary widely, depending on the university’s semester or quarter schedule and the doctoral program itself. For a PhD research dissertation, students must research and write a dissertation, which is a book-like document that shows thorough knowledge of a discipline and contributes new research to the field and/or topic chosen. The length of time it takes to write and defend a dissertation depends on factors such as the dissertation topic and whether the student is full- or part-time. * Dr. Hartman’s PhD was around 500 pages when completed, and has been working on turning it into a book over the Immune System since shortly after graduating.