Doctor Essay

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English 3 24 August 2011 Doctor Doctors find and treat illnesses, prescribe medicine, and treat people who have an injury or disease. They look at patients, keep medical histories, and perform different tests. They teach patients about their diet, cleanliness, and proper healthcare. Pay rates of doctors are among the highest of any job. In 2008, doctors practicing primary care had a yearly pay of $186,044, and doctors working in medical specialties got $339,738 a year. Self-employed doctors however, those who own or are part owners of their medical work, generally have higher pay than pay-check doctors. Pay rates change depending on the number of years of working, where they work, their hours, skill, personality, and their reputation. Doctors had about 661,400 jobs in 2008; about 12 percent were self-employed. Around 53 percent worked in offices with other doctors, and 19 percent were employed by hospitals. Others worked in clinics and rapid care centers. (bureau) The path to working as a doctor requires 8 years of education after high school and 3 to 8 years after college of internship and living in the United State. Formal education and training requirements for doctors are among the most demanding of any job depending on the specialty selected. A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years rather than the usual amount. Premedical students must complete undergraduate work in physics, biology, mathematics, English, and inorganic and organic chemistry. Students also take courses in the humanities and the social sciences. Some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to get experience in the health business. The minimum educational requirement for entry into medical school is 3 years of college; most people, however, have at

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