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Physicians Physicians serve a fundamental role in our society and have an effect upon all our lives Physicians are licensed practitioners of medicine who examine patients obtain medical histories and order perform and interpret diagnostic tests They diagnose illnesses prescribe medications and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or diseases Physicians examine patients obtain medical histories and orderperform and interpret diagnostic tests They also advise and counsel patients on good health practices such as diet hygiene and preventive health care There are two types of Physicians The MD - Doctor of Medicine-and the DO-Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine MDs also are known as allopathic physicians While both MDs and DOs may use all accepted methods of treatment including drugs and surgery DOs place special emphasis on the bodys musculoskeletal system preventive medicine and holistic patient care Most physicians specialize in one branch of medicine Medical specialties for which there is training include internal medicinepediatrics obstetrics and gynecology radiology surgery anesthesiology pathologyophthalmology or family medicine Pediatricians general and family practitioners and general internists are often called primary care physicians since they are the first health professionals patients usually consult These physicians generally see the same patients on a regular basis for a variety of ailments and preventive treatmentThey refer patients to other specialists when appropriate Some physicians combine the practice of medicine with research or teaching in medical schools It takes many years of education and training to become a physician 4 years of undergraduate school 4 years of medical school and 3 to 8 years of internship and residency depending on the specialty selected Physicians have among the highest average earnings of any occupational groupPhysicians earn 44000 to 160000 to 250000 a year Paid doctors usually earn fringe benefits such as health and dental insurance paid vacations and the opportunity to participate in retirement plan Physicians in academic medicine or in research have regular hours work under good physical conditions Physicians spend much of
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