Health Professions

Florida MD/DO Programs

What is a Physician?

Physicians are medical professional that diagnose and treat patients for a number of ailments or injuries. Physicians are trained as the top medical professionals in the field with responsibilities including examining patients, diagnosing, prescribing medication, perform and interpret tests, and even surgeries. There is an endless amount of specialties and environments physicians can work in from oncology to psychiatry.

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What is the difference between an MD and DO?

Medical Doctors (MDs) and Doctor’s of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs). The same treatment methods are used with both physicians such as prescribing medication and surgery. The main difference is the emphasis on musculoskeletal and holistic approached with DOs. This training prepares them mainly for primary care but they can work in all specialties of medicine.

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What medical areas can Physicians work in?

Physicians can work in a wide range of areas that is usually determined by their specialty. They commonly work in hospitals, private practice offices, universities, the government, along with a variety of other settings. The diversity within the physician profession makes it difficult to pinpoint the most popular workplaces but according to data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics the most popular workplace is Physician Offices followed by Hospitals.

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How much do they make on average?

The median annual salary of primary care physicians is about $241,000 and the median annual salary of physician practicing in specialties is about $411,000.

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What does the future hold for Physicians?

Job employment for physicians is expected to grow by about 14% in the next decade. Like predicted for much of the health professions, there is a growing aging population that will typically need more care than other age groups. The demand for physicians is expected to continue to grow, but some factors may limit the need for physicians such as innovative technologies, and health professions that can do the same job as physicians for less pay (physician assistants and nurse practitioners). The need for physician services depend greatly on insurance policies. Patients are less likely to visit the doctor if they are required to pay high co-pay fees. The recent healthcare reform is expected to help, though, allowing more patients access to healthcare.

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What specialties/patient populations can Physicians work with?

There is an extensive list of physician specialties, they work with every age group, in almost any area you can imagine in the healthcare field. They work with patients from pediatrics to geriatrics, from oncology to obstetrics.

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Neurophysiology
  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Genetics
  • Dermatology
  • Family Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Gynecology
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • General Surgery
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