This interviewee, a Doctor and Associate Professor of Medicine who treats patients with HIV and also researches and teaches about its causes, describes what she loves most about her job, its challenges, and the key moments that led to her career. When working at the Ministry of Health in Prague, she realized that she could affect health policy on a broader scale, in addition to treating individual patients.
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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