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A readers digest version of some major careers in the medical field
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Internal Medicine - What is an Internist - Doctors for Adults

Internal Medicine - What is an Internist - Doctors for Adults | Major Medical Careers | Scoop.it

 First of all don't mistake an Internist for an intern; interns are doctors in their first year of residency, internists are specialists that use their expertise to diagnose and treat adults with all types of illness and health issues. The term internist, or doctor of internal medicine, derives from the German term Innere Medizin, which was a discipline in late 1800's Germany where physicians would combine the science of the laboratory with the care of patients. Many American Doctors in the early 1900's studied in Germany and then brought their knowledge back with them, along with the term internal medicine. Internists are sometimes called the doctor's doctor because often they are called in by physicians to help with a puzzling diagnosis. Internists go through seven or more years of medical school and are expected to be able to help any patient no matter what ailment they arrive with. Many internists also sub-specialize spending up to three extra years in medical school gaining a broad and deep understanding of a certain specialty, such as cardiology. Internists take pride in caring for their patients for life and are well equipped for any medical situation.

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Physician Assistant Overview | Trojan Health Connection

Physician assistants undergo many of the same training programs and take many of the same courses as physicians would, just a physician's assistant (PA) goes through much less schooling. After graduation PAs must complete a Physicians Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Similar to a physician, PAs must log 100 hours of continued education every two years and every six years they must take a Physicians Assistant National Recertifying Exam. Some of the major responsibilities of a PA is to diagnose and treat illness, perform procedures, and assist in surgery. In 2010 PAs made an average of $86,000, out earning the average salary of occupational therapists and nurses.

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ER Physician Job Description

Being an ER physician is a demanding job the requires at least 11 years of schooling beyond high school. Common duties of an ER physician are performing tests on patients to diagnose heart attacks, poisonings, or other health related emergencies. An ER physician must be able to handle stressful situations and have good communication skills; they must also be able to react quickly in triage situations, remove foreign bodies, suture deep cuts, etc. The job outlook in this field is predicted to increase by 22% by 2018 with the average annual salary being between $204,000 and $300,000

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