To become a doctor it may take the same number of years as a PhD, but the effort and the hours per year are way higher. PhD students study hard, but they study on their own schedule (not to mention that many programs allow you to choose how many years you want to take). Residents work 80+ hours per week, then go home and study some more. And this is all done on the schedule set by the hospital (Wiens 1) . The emotional strain of being under that pressure constantly, 80 hours a week, for years is what makes medicine challenging.
The amount of human and financial capital that is required for a doctor is immense: “The median 4-year tuition of a private American Medical School is $286,806,” (Pho 1) . A doctor is practically investing his own career. As mentioned previously, as time passes it cannot be regained. With that mentality a potential doctor has to “earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree,” (Pho 1) in whatever one prefers; and the most important part of this is to make sure one takes all classes that are required by the medical school one plans for. The next step is to take MCATS (Medical College Admissions Test).
The MCAT is to medical school as the ACT or SAT is to college. One’s MCAT score will play a vital role in acceptance to a Medical School along with degree of difficulty for your major. After being accepted into medical school one must pass it.
After the second year a test is taken to see if one can continue onto their third leading up to the fourth year. The final year is a test to see if practicing medicine can be done in whatever state the residency will be conducted in. After Medical School is residency to specialize in a specific field. This lasts between 3 to 5 years. (Pho 1) . All this education is a huge portion out of one’s life. Sacrifices are made and unfortunately a social life is one of many.
Health Care is increasingly driven by digital technology most medical equipments today run on digital platforms hospitals clinics and many other healthcare facilities are increasingly dependent on Hospital information software yet healthcare is becoming increasingly expensive and out of reach for the common man (Kaur 84) . Clearly there are many other elements that contribute to the spiraling healthcare costs but digital technology does not seem to empower the average patient. Rather it sometimes does the reverse. It makes them more vulnerable and helpless (Kaur 86) . This correlation can be seen with a patient’s desire to see a doctor for help or taking it upon themselves to get OTC drugs. In other words, “you get what you pay for.” Unfortunately, majority of the time when a patient goes to a doctor they do not know what health care services they need.
Nonetheless, if a patient goes into the doctor’s thinking they have the flu, and in fact they have a more serious disease, such as meningitis or tuberculosis the service expenses will be gruesome. And the services can only be provided if the services are supported. For example, if a doctor were to order a MRI for their patients the “average cost of the MRI would be $2,611,” (Glover 1 ) .
Without this specific machinery the Doctor would not be able to help to their full potential. Superheroes are not quite science fictional at all. Rather, real in different forms than as of a caped crusader. One particular form is a Doctor. This profession has a very huge influence over society. In certain circumstances a doctor can mean the difference between life and death. Accident in violent crime victims and soldiers wounded on the battlefield know this because their lives depend on the skills of trauma surgeons. People who suffered critical injuries need a doctor to attend them quickly because delaying treatment could potentially lead to death.
Today people have forgotten that there was a time before there were Physicians available to treat illnesses and injuries. While everyone may see shows on television depicting physicians working and have private practices, they forget that doctors are changing the world in numerous ways to prevent diseases and assistance injured patients. The world of medicine has changed since the time of bloodletting to get rid of an illness or even operating on patients without anesthesia (Rupert 1) . Physicians work directly with patients and medical conditions, making them the best professionals to think of new medical treatments. Instead of new surgical techniques and treatments being inventing by researchers in a laboratory, physicians are taking the lead by devising unique solutions for devastating diseases such as cancer, acquired immune deficiency order and Alzheimer’s disease Finding a cure for medical conditions what many doctors did long ago and still do to date (Rupert 1) .
Doctors are also getting involved in politics to make changes in how the government views healthcare for the public. “In the United States, physicians have always had a presence in the government with approximately 20 currently serving as members of the United States Congress” (Gonzalez 1) . They are often instrumental in helping other politicians understand the high cost of healthcare and how it is inaccessible to many citizens. The doctor serving in political roles are trained in a wide assortment of specialties, leading to providing vital data to the public. One of the most profound ways doctors are impacting social change is serving in war-torn areas such as Syria (Gonzalez 1) . These doctors often put themselves and their facilities directly in the sites of military war machines who must choose either to destroy a hospital to prevent their enemies from getting aid and returning to combat, or to accept that there is some space in the world where both sides must exist without killing one another (Gonzalez 1) . Sometimes sadly war wins. The specific organization is called the “Doctors Without Borders”.
This organization has sent thousands of doctors all over the world and to many places where the world has forgotten (Gonzalez 1) . If it weren’t for these doctors, whole populations would not get help or recognition to be helped further.Doctors are responsible for increased life expectancy and improved well being in society (Reniero 51) . People who survive diseases such as cancer usually owe their survival to doctors, whose skills and dedication are vital for their cure. Modern medical technology coupled with a Doctors’ care can give persons diagnosed with terminal illness hope of living longer (Reniero 59) . In addition, Doctors perform humanitarian work in society such as, “hypertension and cancer health issues which draw membership for the medical profession and help decimate information about how to avoid so-called lifestyle diseases” (Reniero 78) .
Doctors may work as volunteers on missions ranging from providing care to disaster victims.