Physicians diagnose, treat, and try to prevent human illness, disease, or injury. They perform many functions, including but not limited to: analysis of patient histories, physical examinations, and interpretations of diagnostic tests. Physicians stress preventive care and often counsel their patients on better health care practices. They help patients through life-threatening situations and severe illnesses. Physicians use accepted methods of medical treatment, including pharmaceutical agents and surgical procedures. There are two types of physicians: allopathic physicians, better known as the M.D. (medical doctor), and osteopathic physicians, better known as the D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine).
Where to Get Education
MD or DO, several years residency depending on speciality, and completion of state and national exams