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OnSurg.com - Homepage for General Surgeons

OnSurg.com - Homepage for General Surgeons | Being A Doctor | Scoop.it
OnSurg is the first comprehensive online community for general surgeons.
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Being a surgeon is one of the most important jobs in the medical field. In order to become a surgeon, you must follow the same step to become a physician, however, in your fourth year; you decide to follow a specialty in surgery. Becoming a surgeon, requires you to have a outstanding knowledge of human anatomy, but more importantly you have to be able to adjust to an emergency very quickly. Surgeons are doctors that cut people open in order to fix any problems they might have such as a clogged artery or a broken bone. Being a surgeon also requires you to be extremely meticulous and to be extremely patient. Being a surgeon could involve have to stand completely still for hours while cutting around someone’s nerve tissue or major arteries. The reason that they have to be so careful is because; even a small error could cause catastrophic damage to someone. For example, lacerating a nerve could cause someone to loose the ability to move his or her hand or arms. Surgeons take a huge risk operating on people because they truly hold that persons life in their hands.

 

The author explains the duties that a surgeon is required to perform and how important their jobs are to the medical field because they are able to fix people.

 

Porter, Chris, MD. "Like a Surgeon." OnSurg RSS. OnSurg, n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

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Requirements for Becoming a Physician

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Becoming a physician requires undergraduate education, medical school, graduate medical education as well as a residency program. AMA also provides information on continuing medical education programs for physicians.
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The requirements for becoming a physician are very extensive. Becoming a doctor is much more than going to college and earning a degree. In order to become a doctor, you must earn a Bachelor’s degree. After that you must go to a graduate school and earn a masters degree.  Becoming a doctor is one of the hardest and longest preparations for any professions. After going to college, you will still have to wait about 10 years before you have truly able to be considered an independent physician. After 4 years of medical school, where you are taught the anatomy of the human body and you understand what it would feel like to work in a hospital, you have to complete a residency which takes any where between 3 and 5 years. Therefore, a doctor needs to be able to attend 4 extra years of school than most people would but in addition to that they have to complete graduate school (residency) which would allow them to practice medicine outside of the hospital.

 

The author is explaining that the requirements that are needed in order to work at a hospital and to obtain a medical license. 

 

"Requirements for Becoming a Physician." Requirements for Becoming a Physician. AMA, 6 Sept. 2000. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

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World Book

The World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides. World Book is publisher of the World Book Encyclopedia.
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Doctors Without Borders is a relief program, which allows doctors to help provide for people in countries with difficulties. This program was founded by a group of international doctors, who were enraged with how hard it was for them to provide assistance to people living in countries engulfed by warfare and civil problems. This programs, allows international medical associations to send medical personnel and supplies to countries that need them. Doctors Without Borders also send everyday supplies such as food and fresh water to countries with out their own supply. This is one of the many programs that exist across the world that are responsible for helping to improve life expectancy in certain countries and to help reduce the mortality caused by certain disease. These programs are one of the rewards that they could receive. A program like Doctors Without Borders, would allow them to continue helping people all across the world, but more importantly the people that aren’t able to receive it themselves.   I think that the author did a very good job of explaining the opportunities that that this relief program provides to the doctors that truly have a passion for helping people.

 

"Doctors Without Borders." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2013. Web.  2 Apr. 2013.

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Becoming a Doctor: A Tough Decision

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Becoming a Doctor: A Tough Decision... Are you trying to decide whether becoming a doctor is right for you?
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The author is trying to make the readers understand that being a doctor takes a lot of effort and more importantly perseverance. When choosing the profession of medicine, you must do a lot of soul searching and truly decide with due thought that this could your profession. Many people, in fact do not decide that they want to become doctors right after high school. In fact the average med-student was already had a successful career in another profession. Being a doctor also requires you to have a true passion for learning new things. In fact after graduating college, the average time before becoming a complete and practicing doctor could be 10 years, depending on your specialty. To make it as a doctor, you also have to be able to always think off the top of your head and to always be able to fix problems as they occur. Perhaps the most important quality that a doctor needs to have is the innate desire to help people and to help provide care so that they may keep living their lives.

 

Harrison, Valarie. "Becoming a Doctor: A Tough Decision." Becoming a Doctor: A Tough Decision. Mom MD, n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

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Reasons Not To Become A Doctor - Forbes.com

Reasons Not To Become A Doctor - Forbes.com | Being A Doctor | Scoop.it
The U.S. is set for a shortage of physicians. Why should aspirant medical students continue to choose the profession?
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Despite being considered to be a very noble and wise career choice, people have come up with many reasons why pursuing a career in medicine is not a smart idea. One major reason, that it is not a smart idea to become a doctor is that a recent study has shown that there will be cuts of 90,000 to 200,000 physicians in the next two years. This would mean that many people would be losing their jobs. This also creates a lot of uncertainty, which will make finding a job in the field of medicine much harder. In addition, the shifts of the physicians that will still be practicing medicine will be greatly elongated in order to fill the time that will be lost. Another major reason is that now, doctors are blamed for all the problems that could occur to a patient. Now, the family members of a patient will blame the doctors that treated that patient rather than fate or God. This causes a lot of malpractice lawsuits. These lawsuits ruin the reputation of medicine and allow doctors to be sued for something that might not have been their fault.     

 

The author is trying to illuminate the negative aspects of the field of medicine. Personally, I believe that it is still a very wise career choice because it involves helping people and improving health.

 

Weiss, Tara. "Reasons Not To Become A Doctor." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 5 May 2008. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

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How to Become a Doctor or a Surgeon

How to Become a Doctor or a Surgeon | Being A Doctor | Scoop.it
Becoming a doctor or surgeon is a long and challenging process. Learn how to become a doctor or surgeon starting in high school or college.
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Being a doctor or a surgeon is a very noble career choice. The career, however, requires and deep passion for learning and the will to wait for sometimes up to ten years until you are finally able to truly practice medicine. The career requires a lot of preparation and patience. You also need the will to learn all the information that could eventually save someone’s life. The road to becoming a doctor beings very early on, in high school. You will be required to have a strong knowledge of math and of biology and chemistry. After finishing high school and college, you will be subject to medical school, which is to prepare you for what it would be like working in a hospital.  Medical school is hard but is also there to help you decide if the career is truly something that you want to pursue. In the last year of med-school you will also be making you decision on what specialty you want to be. After finishing med-school, you will have to complete your residency, which would take anywhere between 2 to 5 years, depending on your specialty.

 

I think that the author does a very good job explaining the process that someone would have to go through in order to become a doctor. It also highlights some on the qualities that a person needs in order to succeed in such a career. Most of all it highlights the area’s of academics and learning that you have to focus on, so that you can develop a career. 

 

Heisler, Jennifer. "How to Become a Doctor or a Surgeon." About.com Surgery. About.com, 26 Feb. 2011. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

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Ian Jorge Miller's comment, April 4, 2013 3:29 PM
Wow, Johnathan! This is very interesting. I have always been concerned with the amount of time of training that my nurse/doctor has had. But now I know; never fear! It truly does take a long time, and I believe that too many people are not aware of this fact, and pursue a career in that field without knowing what they are getting themselves into. I could never be a doctor, I am too squeamish. The patience is a virtue, and it must be very hard to sit and wait for your chance to become a doctor and a surgeon, even if it is a necessity. The author does do a good job, a very good job. The career choice IS noble, because of the patience one needs to practice it. However, I wonder, how does one practice a surgery? Obviously not on a real human. But in medical school, do they use robots? Or maybe plastic dummies? This would drive me crazy and give me nightmares... Besides, once you even got a position at a doctor's office, you could be a lowly assistant, or just the receptionist at the front desk, who knows where this carreer chocie will land you? Especially if you are not passionate, talented, or patient. This must be a struggle for many Americans who are following this path.
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Being a Doctor, Pros, Cons and What It's Really Like. The Process of Becoming a Doctor

Being a Doctor, Pros, Cons and What It's Really Like. The Process of Becoming a Doctor | Being A Doctor | Scoop.it
Being a doctor, pros, cons and the calling. One article in the complete guide to the process of becoming a physician. From deciding upon the career, to taking the MCAT, USMLE and the pros and cons of working as a physician.
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There are many things that could be liked about being a doctor however there are many things that can also make want to choose a different career path. Many people have said that they don’t want to join the field of medicine because they believe that now malpractice lawsuits have skyrocketed. Now, when something bad happens, and a patient dies, the family doesn’t believe that it was an act of God, but they will blame the doctors who treat them. Some other things that may not be desirable about being a doctor is that there is a lot of stress involved with the profession, especially in med-school and in the first couple of years. There may also be bad hours, which may take their toll. The positive results, however, far outweigh the negative. Being a doctor is about helping people. If you have a strong desire to help people and to help them lead a better life, the rewards and satisfaction that you receive would be endless. In addition, it is one of the few careers that evolve daily. The creation of new medication and ways to combat disease continue to develop allowing limitless possibilities of what could be accomplished.

 

I think that the author did a good job of conveying the message that like in any other profession there are sacrifices, however, the reward for helping people far beats that sacrifices that have to be made. 

 

Harrison, Valarie. "Being a Doctor, Pros, Cons and What It's Really Like. The Process of Becoming a Doctor." Being a Doctor, Pros, Cons and What It's Really Like. The Process of Becoming a Doctor. Mom MD, n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

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