What does a Physician do?
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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.
Doctors include anesthesiologists, family and general practitioners, internists, obstetricians and gynecologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and surgeons. The below information is more generalized, for more information go to our health careers page and click on the job description you are interested in.
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 do not have a specific bachelors degree requirement, but many pursue undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. In addition it is highly encouraged that you volunteer in a medical setting such as a hospital or clinic to gain experience in a healthcare setting while pursuing your degree.
Medical schools are highly competitive so it is important to gain experience and do well academically. You are also required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to get into Medical School. Medical schools do not only weigh this exam to get admittance into their medical program, but they also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Therefore, it is pertinent that you volunteer and participate in extracurricular activities while in high school and your undergraduate degree program.
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. They also educate patients on medical conditions and preventative care when possible. Primary physicians focus on all areas of practice, however, some physicians specialize in different areas such as heart, skin, digestive systems, bone, and allergies (in addition to many other medical areas).
Physicians work with a team on medical professionals and staff, but are considered the decision makers and leaders in guiding their team in a patient’s care and treatment. They 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.
With the growing age and longevity of Americans there will be a faster than average growth in opportunities for those wanting to enter medical field as a physician. Though keep in mind it is a large commitment in time, money, and education, however it can be very rewarding once you are working as a doctor.