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The Dedicated Doctor

DEDICATED DOCTOR Doctors around the world dedicate their lives to helping others. They endure many years of school and grueling residency work to gain training and board certification, and work long hours to treat patients. It takes a special kind of dedication to embark on a medical career, and people everywhere are indebted to those who do. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A DOCTOR? Medical school requirements may vary by school, but in general: The slim difference between the Bạchelor's degree from an accredited university minimum allowed score and the average score may be an indication of just how difficult the MCAT is. Despite the numerous hurdles, medical school enrollment has risen science courses (biology, chemistry, etc.) minimum score of 30 on the 30, Medical College Admission steadily over the last decade. Test (MCAT) 121 Nearly IN 2011 the average MCAT score of med school 20,000 A entrants in the United students matriculated at States was 31.1. 131 medical schools in 2011. (31 + MORE WOMEN ARE CHOOSING CAREERS IN HEALING More women than ever before Women accounted for are choosing to dedicate their lives to medicine. More than 8,000 women 32.7% graduated from medical school in 2011, and the numbers continue to grow. [3] of medical school applicants in 1982-1983. In 2010-2011, 47.3% 77.9% increase in female medical school of applicants applicants since 1982. were women. The 2011 graduating med school class consisted of Women made up 48.4% ,8,395 of the 2011 class. women. The most women in any class to date. As the percentage of women in medicine continues to grow, so will the number of doctors overall, leading to better and more available care. + CURRENT PHYSICIANS AND CAREER OUTLOOK Most practicing physicians The Federation of State are aged between Medical Boards reported 40 and 59. 850,085 They'll begin retiring in the next five years, along with their Baby Boomer peers. active physicians licensed to practice in 2010. 141 Projections suggest as many as 130,000 new physicians will be needed by 2025. (3, 4) 45,000 primary care physicians 46,000 surgeons 15 million more 32 million patients will become eligible and medical Americans will specialists be newly insured for Medicare The Association of American Schools expect to 30% meet that goal by Medical Colleges has called for a 30% increase in 2016. medical school enrollment. 24% Employment for doctors is expected to increase 24% by 2020. 15) Rural and low-income areas have a great need for quality doctors. [31 Retiring doctors and an increased demand for physicians has spurred medical schools to increase efforts to train talented physicians. Medical school students and aspiring future physicians can be optimistic about the job opportunities that will be available to them. + CURRENT PHYSICIANS AND CAREER OUTLOOK March 30th is Doctors' Day. It's a time for patients to show their A red carnation is gratitude to doctors by sending cards or laying flowers at the graves of doctors who've passed. 161 the symbol of Doctors' Day. It falls on the anniversary of the first use of surgical anesthesia. Dr. Crawford W. Long noticed that ether, recreationally popular in the late 19th century, kept people from feeling pain. He used ether as anesthesia on March 30, 1842. Painlessly removed a cyst from his patient's neck. Many hospitals host award ceremonies or hold commemorative services on this date for respected physicians who passed away. Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] Soliant Health This infographic is brought to you by:

The Dedicated Doctor

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Employment opportunities for doctors are expected to expand 24% by 2020. But no one ever said becoming and remaining a doctor was a walk in the park. Years of school and residency may seem daunting, a...


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