What does a Physician do?
Physicians also called medical practitioner or doctors care for patient’s in a variety of ways with the primary responsibility the well being of their patients. At times it can very stressful due to treating patients with life threatening injuries or chronic illnesses.
How to Become a Physician
To become a physician you must earn a bachelor’s degree, attend 4 years of medical school, and (depending on the area you want to specialize in) have 3-7 years of additional training in a residency program.
Medical schools are highly competitive so it is important to begin volunteering, doing well academically, and finding leadership roles in high school and in your undergraduate program. You are also required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to get into Medical School.
Job Description of a Physician
A physicians primary duties include providing preventive treatment, evaluating clients, diagnosing their issues, and coming up with a treatment plan and educating patients. Primary physicians focus on all areas of practice however, they may also specialize in different areas such as heart, skin, digestive systems, bone, and allergies (in addition to many other medical areas).
Physicians work long, extended and irregular hours. Many own their own practices, but in a more recent trend you see groups of practitioners sharing office space and equipment and many others work in hospitals, inpatient, or outpatient centers.