Physicians treat and prevent human illness, disease and injury. They examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, interpret diagnostic tests, and they counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare.
There are two types of physicians:
- MD (Doctor of Medicine)
- DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)
What is Osteopathic Medicine? (From the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine)
Two Kinds of Physicians: Allopathic and Osteopathic (from Indiana University)
The practice of medicine includes prevention and health education, and the use of accepted methods of medical treatment, including pharmaceutical agents and surgical procedures. There are many specialty areas for physicians to pursue with some of the highest demand for physicians going into family practice, internal medicine, and geriatrics.