Medicine: Physician

To use an example of a medical professional working in this field, a physician diagnoses illnesses and prescribes and administers treatments to patients recovery from injuries or diseases.  Physicians examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive health care. About a third of physicians are generalist including family physicians, internists and pediatricians. Specialized fields of medicine concentrate on a specific system or part of a body such as cardiologists, neurologists, surgeons and dermatologists, dentists, psychiatry, anesthesiology, podiatry, etc.

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How to begin your career path at Jefferson:

Jefferson Community College can help link you to a career in medicine through its Associate of Science degree Mathematics & Science-Science Concentration.  The JCC degree provides students with the sciences, mathematics and liberal arts courses necessary for transfer to a four-year institution.  In providing a strong foundation in biology, chemistry and mathematics, this degree prepares students for transfer to pre-medicine programs offered through many four-year colleges and universities.  Pre-medical students must have undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and calculus with exceedingly high grades since admission to medical school is very competitive.  Students should work closely with their faculty advisor and transfer counselor when planning their futures.  Typical transfer opportunities for a bachelor’s degree include most 4-year SUNY colleges, Clarkson University, RPI, Cornell University and SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Start at Jefferson/Transfer Opportunities:

Liberal Arts & Sciences:  Mathematics & Science A.S.

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