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What do doctors do?

Doctors meet and talk with patients and caregivers to diagnose, manage, and treat illnesses and injuries. Of course, specific duties will vary depending on the area of medicine you intend to practice, but many of the core duties are required of all doctors. There is a specific type of doctor for almost every major system located in the human body. Regardless of specialty, doctors face the challenge of diagnosing and treating human disease, ailments, pain, and other conditions. This is done by listening to the patient, understanding the problem, and then using their scientific expertise to know how best to treat the ailment or concern.

There are typically 3 categories of doctors:

  1. Doctors that work in hospitals
    A large portion of doctors (approximately half) works primarily in hospitals, where they practice their specialized segment of medicine. There is a lot of different specialties that a doctor can qualify in which include: Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Oncology, Palliative medicine, Pathology, Radiology, Urology, Ear , nose and Throat specialist (ENT), Orthopedic Surgery etc.
  2. Others
    There are medical students who prefer to take a different path and pursue a career in academia. This involves doing research as well as teaching other students and medical professionals. Other students may use their medical degree to delve very deeply into research-based careers in a particular field that interests them, for example breast cancer, neurological disorders or environmental pathology.

Being a doctor, like any other career, has its pros and cons

Pros:

  • Helping people
  • Respect in society
  • Job opportunities
  • Various Career Paths
  • Monetary benefits
  • Ability to help in areas of need

Cons:

  • Long course duration
  • High fees for education
  • Continuing education needed
  • Long working hours
  • Responsibility
  • Lawsuits
  • Stress & Burnout

Ultimately, a doctor strives to be a cohesive person that tries to help other people by being caring, knowledgeable, understanding, prepared, and ready to give his or her best.

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