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Caring and commitment are essential to a Successful career as a doctor  Do you have what it takes to be a doctor? Achieving this goal is no easy task, but the results can be very rewarding. Many people dream of becoming a medical doctor, but few have the discipline it takes to complete the heavy coursework in chemistry, biology, physics, physiology, and mathematics required in medical school. There are two types of doctors or physi- cians: the doctor of medicine (M.D.) and the doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.). Most doctors are M.D.s who treat all types of diseases and injuries. D.O.s focus on muscles and bones. Both M.D.s and D.O.s receive the same basic education and training. Whatever your choice, a career as a doctor is a career for life!

Caring and Commitment are Essential to this Profession That Can Change Lives

Do you have what it takes to be a doctor or dentist?

Achieving this goal is no easy task, but the results can be very rewarding. Many people dream of becoming a medical doctor or a dentist, but few have the discipline it takes to complete the heavy coursework required in school.

There are two types of doctors, or physicians:

  • the doctor of medicine (M.D.) and
  • doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.)

Most doctors are M.D.s who treat all types of diseases and injuries. D.O.s, typically dentists, focus on muscles and bones. Both M.D.s and D.O.s receive the same basic education and training. Whatever your choice, a career as a doctor or dentist is a career for life!

I guess all that's left is...are you willing to wear the white coat?


Doctors and Dentists are ALWAYS in Demand!

There is estimated to be a 32.3% increase in job openings for doctors and dentists from 2014 to 2024


On Average, the Gulf Coast Region Will Need Over 1,500 New Doctors & Dentists Every Year!

Of the yearly openings, 525 are predicted to be caused by growth of the occupation while 429 are due to replacements


Home to the Texas Medical Center and so many more cutting edge hospitals, the Gulf Coast Region is always on the lookout to hire more physicians in all fields!

Home to the Texas Medical Center and so many more cutting edge hospitals, the Gulf Coast Region is always on the lookout to hire more physicians in all fields!


Considering this path? Consider if you hold these interests...

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career in nursing. The following data describes the relative importance of each knowledge/skill area from the opinion of those in the industry.

        100% 

Medicine & Dentistry

Everything surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of human injuries and ailments, including symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

          88%

Customer & Personal Service

Meeting the expected quality of customer satisfaction when interacting with customer and potential customers.

            87.8%

Therapy & Counseling

Knowing the principles, methods, and procedures for aiding emotional dysfunctions, and for counseling and guidance.

            85.6%

Psychology

Human behavior and performance ability, including perceiving differences in ability, personality, and interests that guide motivations.

           82%

Biology

Everything about organisms' structures, functions, interdependencies, interactions, and survival in its environment.

 

*Source: Texas Career Check.


Doctors

Things to consider in your decision to pursue a career as a Doctor:

  • Many doctors work long, irregular hours
  • Education and training requirements are extremely demanding
    • 4 years of college
    • 4 years of medical school
    • 3 years working as a resident in a hospital (for some specialties this could be up to 8 years)
  • Acceptance into medical school is extremely competitive

Doctors do some of the higest paying jobs in the region with a median annual wage of over $160,000 in 2016!


Pathway to becoming a doctor

1. Start Early in High School
Endorsement: Public Service | STEM

Gaining admission into medical school is extremely competitive. Students should strive for the highest GPA possible and take advanced science and math classes to give themselves the edge and develop a strong grasp of the sciences.

2. Medical School Preparation
Becoming a doctor begins with a "pre-med" college program filled with heavy coursework in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and physiology. Prospective medical students may major in any subject area, as long as they successfully complete required courses in math and science. Students may apply for medical school after three years of college, although most complete at least a bachelor's degree. Students must have a high GPA because admission is very competitive and medical schools require exceptional academic performance.

In addition to required coursework, prospective medical students must complete the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Higher scores mean a greater chance of being accepted into the medical school of your choice.

3. Medical School
Medical school involves four years of classroom and clinical study. The first two years are focused on basic medical science. Students learn to perform physical exams, how to recognize symptoms, and how to interview patients. Some of the classes during these years include anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, and law.

During the last two years in medical school, students apply the medical knowledge they've learned in the classroom to caring for patients. They are also involved in various medical rotations and specialties, such as emergency, pediatrics, primary care, oncology and surgery.

4. Residency Training
After medical school, students are required to enroll in an internship and residency program that provides more extensive clinical experience. This program can last from three to eight years after medical school. Residency takes place in a hospital setting and doctors are paid a salary while training. After completing the residency program and passing the specialty board exam, doctors may practice as a board-certified member of their specialty.


Licensure/Certification

There are three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The first two steps must be completed and passed during medical school. Step three must be passed during residency training.

  • Step 1 assesses whether a medical school or graduate student understands important basic concepts of the sciences and can apply them to the practice of medicine
  • Step 2 assesses whether a medical school or graduate student can apply medical knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical science essentials to patient care while under supervision.
  • Step 3 assesses whether a medical school graduate can apply medical knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essentials in the practice of medicine without supervision

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Dentists

A Bright Smile Can Lead to a Bright Future

a bright smile can lead to a bright future  Consider a career in dentistry! Dentists help individuals in many ways by diagnosing and treating diseases, repairing smiles, relieving pain, and giving teeth to those without. Dentists earn either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM). Most dentists are self-employed general practitioners. Like the pathway to becoming a medical doctor, a career in dentistry is no easy task, but the results are very rewarding.

Consider a career in dentistry!

Dentists help individuals in many ways by diagnosing and treating diseases having to do with the teeth or inside the mouth. Dentists even try to prevent possible diseases causing cavities and gingivitis by guiding their patients on how to care for their teeth and gums, or giving them advise on dietary changes that can help their oral health (like not drinking a lot of coffee or not chewing on ice).

Most dentists are self-employed general practitioners and are therefore both doctors and administrators. Like the pathway to becoming a medical doctor, a career in dentistry is no easy task, but the results are very rewarding.


Things to consider in your decision to pursue a career as a DENTIST: 

  • Education and training requirements are extremely demanding
    • 4 years of college
    • 4 years of dental school
  • Acceptance into dental school is very competitive
  • Must pass multiple examinations and specialty examinations if appropriate.

Although most Dentists are general practitioners, many work in specialty areas earning upwards of $150,000 per year:

  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedic 
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Periodontics

Pathway to becoming a Dentist

1. Start Early in High School
Endorsement:Public Service | STEM

Gaining admission into dental school is extremely competitive. Students should strive for the highest GPA possible and take advanced math and science classe to give themselves the edge.

2. Dental School Preparation
Becoming a dentist begins with a college program that emphasizes science, and courses such as biology or chemistry. Although many dental schools only require 2 years of college, most dental students earn a bachelor's degree. A few applicants do, however, get accepted to dental school after several years of college. They complete their bachelor's degree while attending dental school. Individual dental schools require different courses, so it is important to check with prospective schools in order to select the best courses.

All dental students are also required to complete the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). In addition to a high score on the DAT, students must have a high grade point average. Dental schools are very competitive and require exceptional academic performance.

3. Dental School
Dental school involves four years of classroom instruction and lab work in the sciences, including courses in anatomy, microbiology, biochemistry, and physiology.

During the last two years, students treat patients under the supervision of licensed dentists. If seeking to practice in a specialty area, a student must complete two to four years of postgraduate work and complete a special exam. Exams for board certification are usually taken during dental school. 


Licensure/Certification

A student must pass four different examinations prior to applying for a professional dental license in Texas offered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE).

  • The National Board Dental Examination (NBDE), Part One, is taken during the second year of
    dental school. It consists of 400 multiple choice questions and assesses a student's knowledge of
    • Human anatomy and histology
    • Biochemistry and physiology
    • Microbiology and pathology
    • Dental anatomy and occlusion
  • NBDE, Part Two, is taken during the fourth year of dental school and assesses a student's knowledge of clinical dental topics, such as
    • Endodontics
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Pain Control
    • Oral Diagnosis
    • Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
    • Patient Management
    • Periodontics
    • Pharmacology
    • Prosthodontics
  • Upon completion of dental school, a dentist candidate must successfully complete an exam from one of the following
  • To become licensed to practice dentistry, a candidate must successfully complete the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Jurisprudence Assessment

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Most dental school graduates purchase an established practice or open a new one immediately after graduation. Others work for established dentists as associates for 1 to 2 years to gain experience and save money to equip an office of their own.

 

 

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