Most likely, you’re already at least a little familiar with the work of a doctor: Doctors and physicians help people be healthy!
Have you ever thought about becoming a doctor when you grow up? Lots of people cite similar reasons for becoming doctors: Wanting to help people!
Being a doctor comes with a lot of responsibility. A doctor’s patients rely on their physician for the best medical help possible! Because of this, doctors must go through a lot of school and training before they can practice medicine; in the U.S., it takes between 11-16 years of studying!
There are lots of different kinds of doctors. General Practitioners, Family Doctors, and Pediatricians (doctors just-for-kids) are the types most people see on a regular basis for things like the flu, a fever, a check-up or physical, a vaccination, and other common needs. Other doctors specialize in specific health fields or particular body systems. Some examples of specialists include cardiologists (heart and blood), dermatologists (skin), allergists and immunologists (allergic reactions and immune system), neurologists (brain and nervous system), and internists (internal organs). There are also surgeons, whose specialty is performing operations!
Not all doctors do the same thing every day. Some doctors work in an office, others in the hospital, and some in places you might not think of, like laboratories where they develop new medicines and research cures! Doctors see patients, run and interpret tests, prescribe medicines or treatments, talk to patients about how to stay healthy, respond to emergencies, and regularly read books and medical journals or take classes to keep their knowledge up-to-date! Most doctors work very long hours and have to be available for emergencies.
Even though the work of a doctor can be difficult, it can be very rewarding, too! Doctors use their knowledge and experience to help all of us to live happy, healthy lives. Next time you go to the doctor’s office, be sure to say “thanks”!