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Physiology is the general term given to the study of the human organism – the cells and organs of which the human form is comprised and the many functions it performs.
Physiological scientists form a large part of hospital clinical science teams. The role is not specific, in that physiological scientists can specialise in one or more areas of healthcare, meaning that two physiological scientists may have very different working duties.
Specialist branches of physiology include:
Regardless of their particular area of specialism, physiological scientists will often work in multidisciplinary teams and will work closely with other healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and scientists. Much of the work is directly with patients, whether in the diagnosis of complaints or in treatment and rehabilitation.
Experienced physiological scientists may choose to undertake further training in order to specialise in different branches. Some also teach in higher education institutions and train entrants into the profession.