Maybe it’s always been your dream to be a doctor. No matter what you decide to study, a career in medicine of any kind is a career to be proud of.But the time, cost and dedication required to earn your Medical Degree means this career is not for everyone.
Like the name suggests, family physicians treat people of all ages. As a family physician (also known as a family doctor), you will be the primary care provider to your patients. This means promoting a healthy lifestyle while also serving as the first point of contact when your patients are sick, making it one of the more rewarding careers in medicine.
Family physicians in the US have to complete an additional three years of family medicine residency in country before they are able to practice. The job does not pay as much as many other jobs that will be available, but you will be creating long-lasting relationships with your patients and help put them on the right track to a healthy and long life.
A hospitalist is a physician who is employed by a hospital. Typical duties of a hospitalist are wide ranging, from palliative to specialized care. The idea behind the position is to reduce the number of physicians that have contact with a patient. Rather than having several specialized physicians all try to sync their schedules with one another, a hospitalist fulfills the role of many doctors.
The highest-paying of the various careers in medicine is that of a surgeon. International students looking for a high-paying job in medicine should note that the salary for a surgeon in the US averages more than $200,000 USD a year, and if you decide to become a specialized surgeon you can expect to make quite a bit more than that. Of course, specialized surgeons require more schooling, so that is a factor to consider.
As a surgeon, you will always be on call and work long hours at all times of the day. The job can be stressful and, of course, it is not for the squeamish. If you love anatomy and working with your hands though, being a surgeon may be one of the best-fitting jobs in medicine.
Anesthesiologists are responsible for providing drugs to patients during surgery, the intensive care unit, and even outside of the hospital. These drugs will often render the patient unconscious and have to be delivered at a very specific dosage to prevent any harm.
Anesthesiologists are sometimes seen as one of the “easier” jobs in medicine. However, whether or not this is true is up for debate. Surgeons cannot work without first having their patients put under. This means that anesthesiologists often have to work the same unpredictable hours as surgeons.
As strange as it may sound, Dermatology is one of the more sought-after jobs in medicine. This is because it is a highly paid position, and because dermatologists are rarely, if ever, on call. There is a lot of patient interaction, so international students interested in dermatology as a career should be friendly and empathetic. Because it is so highly sought after, you will also have to make sure to really focus in medical school. Dermatologists, like surgeons, are often some of the top in the class.
AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL UNIVERSITY (AIMU) is an institutional partner of Washington Medical Science institute and Government of Saint Lucia. AIM-U’s US Campus /Clinical Admin is centrally located at the Washington Adventist University and Hospital Campus, Takoma Park, Maryland, USA.
AIMU offers prerequisites and support programs at the above mentioned campus. AIM-U is one of the new generation medical schools, which offers residency focused on USMLE centred programs and a 4 Year accelerated MD program with high standards. This MD program is fully accredited and widely recognized in the USA