Becoming an Allopathic Physician

Medicine is a vast term, as it plays a key role in helping people maintain their health, spirit and keep them themselves fit. A general Allopathic Physician detects the common illness in patients and administers various medicines before referring to a specialist if needed. Allopathic medicine treats illness caused by various factors, but of temporary nature. The Allopathic Physician with an MD degree focuses on treating a specific ailments using pharmaceuticals and surgery.

Allopathic Physicians (M.D.) work various specialties such as:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Family and general medicine
  • General internal medicine
  • General pediatrics
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

Education Requirements:

  1. Earn a Medical Degree: This is the first pre-requisite to become an Allopathic Physician. A Bachelor’s degree in general science with coursework in chemistry, physics, microbiology and anatomy is must for the students. The course duration is four years and it should include laboratory work. To apply to medical school, a student will have to submit a copy of college and/or graduate school transcript(s), letters of recommendation and scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
  2. Residency Program: After earning the Medical Degree, the students must go for residency programs to get hands-on experience at clinical settings. These programs may last from three to eight years, depending on the specialty subjects.

Salary & Job Outlook:

The job outlook for the Allopathic Physicians remain excellent, as they are high in demand in the United States. They earn in the range of $150,000 – $300,000, depending on the qualification, experience and expertise. Job prospects look very bright for those willing to serve in rural and low income areas.