What's it like to be a Physician?
Physicians are medical professionals who work closely with nurses, medical technicians, and surgeons in a clinic or hospital setting. Some will operate in a high-stress environment and be on-call 24/7, working long hours to perform rounds and tend to medical emergencies. Others will hold regular office hours working at a clinic or for a company.
Tasks and duties
- Examining patients.
- Recording medical histories.
- Answering patient inquiries.
- Diagnosing and treating injuries, diseases, or conditions.
- Prescribing medication or procedures.
- Providing medical advice on diet, hygiene, health care, and physical activities.
How to become a Physician
To become a Physician, you need to complete anywhere between 10 to 15 years of education, depending on your chosen pre-med course: 3 to 6 years of pre-med, 4 years of med school, one year of internship, and 3 to 5 years for the residency.
Complete a pre-med degree.
Attend med school.
Graduate with an M.D. degree.
Undergo one year of post-graduate internship in a hospital.
Pass the Physician licensure exam.
After gaining extensive experience as a Physician, consider training for a subspecialty by becoming a fellow. This takes 2 to 4 years.