Dr. Kern, a medical eye doctor, also called an Ophthalmologist, described what he enjoys most about his field, and also explains further the steps to choosing a specialty in medical school. The field of Ophthalmology is both medical and surgical, and both intellectually challenging and rewarding. You can often bring sight to someone who is blind.
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.
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