Dr. Tremmel, an Interventional Cardiologist who opens up heart arteries to re-establish blood flow to the heart and prevent heart attacks, describes what she loves most about her job, its challenges, and the key moments that led to her choosing cardiology. It's a lot of work and training, but an extremely rewarding field.
Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in patients. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.
All physicians and surgeons must pass a standardized national licensure examination. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board.