Physicians, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians and Other Doctors

This course focuses on preparation for physician-level careers, including dental, veterinary and pharmaceutical, along with a look into the Physician Assistant and alternative medicine systems. This course will also introduce the topics of diversity, and the move toward an emphasis on social and cultural skills in medicine, in addition to academic ability.

These careers are usually the lead in the health care system, directing the care of their patients, whether that is through primary care, direct care, pharmaceuticals, or, if the patients happen to be animals! Generally, requiring a longer course of study and an advanced degree delineates these careers. Their programs are quite often competitive at the entry level.

In this course, we will focus on the preparation for entry to practice, along with navigating the field once you are in it (working as part of a team, dealing with patients, etc.). In order to help you to best choose your career path, we will study different roles, responsibilities, settings, education needs and amounts of patient contact. We will look at things like the degree or training needed for each job, the environment one would work in, how much money the position could make, and the facts of the actual working day.

Then, within each job group, we'll explore important aspects that are applicable to the entire health field, such as behaving ethically, keeping patients safe and free from infections and germs, and following laws and policies. This course will also focus on diversity, and the need for social and cultural skills in medicine, in addition to academic ability.

  • Introduction to Professional Degrees: Students will explore planning for different careers in the health sciences.
  • Physician and Physician Assistant: Students will learn about different types of medical degrees and practices, as well as the profession of physician assistant and its many opportunities.
  • Dentists and Pharmacists: Students will explore the careers of dentistry and pharmacy.
  • Optometry and Veterinary Medicine: Students learn about the professions of optometry and veterinarian medicine and its related fields.
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The role of the alternative medicine in the health field will be the focus of this unit.

Since this course leans heavily on reporting and research, students should already know how to choose appropriate resources (especially online), and how to properly cite those resources.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Health Science
Course Length: Semester