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Physicians, or Doctors of Medicine (MDs), are in charge of diagnosing and treating illness, injury, and disease. They perform examinations and tests, prescribe medicines and treatments, perform surgeries and related procedures, and conduct life saving research. Physicians also counsel patients on methods of preventative care such as diet and exercise. Anyone interested in this field of health care should be compassionate and caring as well as possess sound judgment. Physicians many choose from a number of specialties that include: internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, geriatrics, radiology, psychiatry, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, cardiology, neurology, pathology, family practice, rheumatology, ophthalmology, and surgery. Depending on their area of specialty, physicians work with patients from various age groups and patient populations. Another important aspect of a physician's job is to develop and test new medical techniques and life saving procedures. A physician must be dedicated to a lifetime of continuing education in order to meet the changing health care needs of a diverse society.

Work Environment:

The majority of physicians work in hospitals, private practice, group practice, clinics, nursing homes, community health centers, urgent care centers, research facilities, medical schools, and the military. Most physicians work long and hectic hours, with nearly one third working 60 hours a week or more.

High School Preparation:

Students interested in a career as a physician should concentrate on high school courses in algebra, biology, chemistry, English, literature, geometry, physics, trigonometry, humanities, health occupations/medical professions, psychology, emergency medical technology, and computer skills.

College Requirements:

Individuals interested in becoming a physician must complete a premedical program at an accredited college or university. These programs are four years in length and are very rigorous. Students must then pass the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and get accepted into a school of medicine. This may require a personal interview, additional applications, or further testing.

Once admitted into medical school, a student must graduate this four-year program which is very difficult and expensive. Upon graduation, a student then begins a period of post-graduate training called a residency, which can last 3-8 years.

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Career Outlook:

The career outlook for physicians and surgeons is great because the growing population will need more doctors to fulfill their health care needs. Employment will increase 10%-20% over the next decade, with the bulk of the growth in primary care physicians (family practitioners, general practitioners, etc.). Specialists will also experience a rise in employment in response to patient demand for access to specialty care. Technology will also play an important role in the increase in employment. As physicians are able to perform more tests and procedures, they will be able to treat conditions that were previously regarded as untreatable.



Average Annual Salary

Salary Range

(*Varying with specialty)

Professional Organizations:

American Medical Association
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 464-5000

Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 828-0400

Mississippi State Medical Association
PO Box 2548
Ridgeland, MS 39158-2548
Phone: (601) 853-6733


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