responsible for the diagnosis, care and treatment of illnesses,
diseases, infections and well-being of people. They may work in
a variety of settings such as in a hospital or as a family doctor.
Hospital doctors can go on to specialize in particular areas of
medicine such as pathology, psychiatry and pediatrics, or surgery,
such as orthopedics and ophthalmology. Learning to be a doctor
involves a long and expensive course of study. You will generally
spend 5 years as an undergraduate at medical school. You will
then become a preregistration house officer for one year. After
this year, you can apply to the American Medical Association to
become a fully licensed doctor. You will then have at least 3
more years of further education to become a family doctor or at
least 7 years to become a hospital consultant.
medicine is challenging and exciting. Countless new discoveries
are making their impact on medical practice, and doctors now qualifying
will see even more dramatic changes in the future, with the development
of many new techniques, involving not only drugs, but methods
arising from research in electronics, nuclear physics, genetics
and molecular biology.