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American Association of Medical Colleges. Links for deciding if medicine is the career for you and various career paths available in medicine.
Become an Osteopathic Physician
There are presently 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. Look here for additional details on the similarities/differences between M.D.s and D.O.s.
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
The advocacy organization for the nation's osteopathic medical schools.
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
From the website: "A Licensed naturopathic physician attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D. but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness."
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs employed by the federal government are credentialed to practice. 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.
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is to the foot what a dentist is to the mouth, or an ophthalmologist to the eye --- a doctor specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders resulting from injury or disease. A DPM makes independent judgments, prescribes medications and performs surgery. This site's Career Center
section outlines information on podiatry as a career.
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