Dr. Craig Gelband attended Duke University as an undergraduate and studied zoology before earning his medical degree from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Craig Gelband currently serves as senior medical director at Ogilvy CommonHealth Medical Education.
During the first year of study, zoology students participate in a number of courses shared by all life science students, including classes dealing with molecular biology and conservation efforts. While students who are eager to engage in fieldwork may not understand the value of these courses, it is of vital importance that prospective zoologists establish a sound fundamental basis that can be built upon in following years. Moving forward, courses in zoology are generally high on practical work experience both in the field and in research labs. Field work can range from spending time at local biological stations to traveling abroad to research habitats as exotic as the Ecuadorian rainforest. During the final year of a zoological student’s education, individuals demonstrate all of the skills they have acquired by working with professionals in the field and conducting original research projects.