Comparing Careers as a Family Physician and a Dentist

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This report explores similarities and contrasts between two career options within the medical field, family physician and dentistry. This study will give the researcher, potentially a prospect student in either of these fields, a chance to investigate and understand the benefits of these two careers in United States focusing on several criteria outlined in the paragraphs below. A family physician is also known by other titles like: Family Doctor, Doctor and Physician. They diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. They assess and treat a wide range of conditions and typically have a base of regular, long-term patients. On the other hand, a dentist diagnoses and treats problems relating to teeth and tissues in the mouth, along with giving advice and administering care to help prevent future problems. The information for this report was gathered from several Web sites and the main points of this report are discussed as follows: Findings Common work task of Family Physicians: • Examine patients physically for any medical complaints they have. • Understand and record the details of family history about health problems. • Give treatment, therapy, medicine, or other specialized medical care. • Prescribe medications for health problems. • Follow up with patients, to monitor their conditions and re -evaluate treatment if needed. • Refer patients to other health care professionals.. • Give duties to nurses and other health workers. • Perform any required medical procedure. • Advice patients about preventive health measures, such as diet and exercise. • Counsel family members about patient's condition. • Maintain and keep full records of patients' health. • ... ... middle of paper ... ...on, and job resource, Iseek Careers, 1 Apr. 2010.Web. 20 May. 2010. Occupational Employment and Wages May 2009. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14 May. 2010. Web. 20 May. 2010. < http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291062.htm> Occupational Employment and Wages May 2009. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14 May. 2010. Web. 20 May. 2010. E Learn Portal Your Online Degree Connection. E Learn Portal, 1 Apr. 2010. Web. 20 May. 2010. E Learn Portal Your Online Degree Connection. E Learn Portal, 1 Apr. 2010. Web. 20 May. 2010. http://www.elearnportal.com/careers/healthcare/dentists Dentist Tools. Dentist Tools, 1 Apr. 2009. Web.

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