Medical and Health Professions

Medical and health professions make up part of a growing industry with many career opportunities. Read on to learn if a career or education path in the medical and health fields is right for you.

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In the medical and health fields, professional occupations require the most training, a bachelor's degree at the minimum. However, a graduate degree in a specific medical field is often required. For example, according to the American Medical Association, in order to become a physician, one must complete a bachelor's degree program that includes courses in the biological sciences (www.ama-assn.org). Aspiring doctors then complete four years of medical school and graduate with an MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree.

After completing medical school, graduates enter into a residency program, which is typically 3-5 years in length and during which time they select an area of medicine in which to specialize, such as pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics or geriatrics. After completing a residency program, MDs can earn their medical license; some MDs, especially those interested in pursuing a highly specialized area of medicine, such as a specialty in psychiatry, may complete a fellowship.

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