Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in patients. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.
Premedicine Option at Purdue University Calumet
Purdue University Calumet’s biology program offers courses which meet the requirements for application to medical school and for successful completion of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). A wide variety of upper level biology courses are available for students to choose from. Several of the courses have a lab component that allow students to learn laboratory skills and gain hands-on experience using standard testing methods as well as cutting edge techniques.
Careers in Medicine
Data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that the “median annual wage of physicians and surgeons was $166,400 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.