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Health Care Careers

This guide explores various common healthcare career options for students.

Medicine

Association of American Medical Colleges - Medical Careers

Find information on careers in medicine, career paths and ways to explore more.  You will also find inspiring stories from others who have made from applicant to medical student to physician. Check out the Ask a Med Student Video Series in which medical students answer questions about their path to medical school, what med school courses are like, patient experiences, and more.

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine - Become an Osteopathic Physician

Presently, there are two complete systems of medicine utilizing all available medical treatments (i.e., medicine, surgery, etc.). They are allopathic medicine which grants the M.D. (Medical Doctor) degree and osteopathic medicine which grants the D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine ) degree. Both have their own accreditation organizations: the American Medical Association for Allopathic Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association for Osteopathic Medicine. Find out how to become an Osteopathic Physician and learn more about osteopathic medicine and how to apply to osteopathic medical college.  

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine - Becoming a Podiatric Medicine (DPM)

A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), known also as a podiatric physician or surgeon, qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.  Find out more about the profession, what DPMs do, where they work, the residency training, licensing and board certification and more.  Also, look at the AACPM student brochure and a college information book in the site's Career Center section.

American Academy of Physician Assistants - Become a PA

Find out how to become a PA. Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Common services provided by a PA include taking medical histories and performing physical examinations; ordering and interpreting lab tests; diagnosing and treating illnesses; assisting in surgery; prescribing and/or dispensing medication; and counseling patients. See also What is a PA? Frequently Asked Questions.  


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