Anaesthetists provide pain relief during surgical operations or childbirth.
Dentists prevent and treat diseases of the teeth and mouth.
Dermatologists treat skin disorders.
General Practitioners work locally: they listen to patient’s descriptions of their problems and symptoms, examine them if necessary, and advise on suitable treatments.
Gynaecologists deal with diseases affecting women, obstetricians particularly relating to pregnant women.
Hospital doctors work in a team of health professionals to treat patients referred by general practitioners or other doctors, or as accident or emergency cases.
Oncologists use radiation and drugs in the treatment of cancer.
Ophthalmologists study the structure, function and diseases of the eye.
Optometrists / Ophthalmic opticians examine people’s eyes, test their sight and prescribe spectacles and contact lenses.
Paediatricians deal with diseases affecting children.
Pathologists investigate the causes and effects of diseases.
Psychiatrists treat patients with mental illnesses.
Radiologists / radiologists use X radiation and similar techniques to help make a diagnosis, and use radiation to treat conditions.
Surgeons are responsible for patients before, during and after operations.
For further information please see:
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Website: www.bma.org.uk - Choose main page then medical careers and education then becoming a doctor
General information on Northern Ireland based careers can be found on www.careersserviceni.com - Choose explore careers.
Courses in medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology and associated areas are available at a number of higher education institutions. Please see the UCAS site www.ucas.ac.uk for more information - Choose students then courses.
|British Association of Dermatologists||www.bad.org.uk (general website)|
|British Society for Immunology||www.immunology.org - Choose careers|
|Chartered Society of Physiotherapy||www.csp.org.uk - Choose from careers and learning|
|General Optical Council||www.optical.org - Choose education|
|Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine||www.ipem.org.uk - Choose careers and training|
|Medical Research Council||www.mrc.ac.uk (general information on medical research)|
|National Health Service||www.nhscareers.nhs.uk - Choose NHS careers|
|Royal College of Anaesthetists||www.rcoa.ac.uk - Choose training|
|Royal College of General Practitioners||www.rcgp.org.uk - Choose training assessment certification then GP careers|
|Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists||www.rcog.org.uk - Choose education and training|
|Royal College of Ophthalmologists||www.rcophth.ac.uk (general website)|
|Royal College of Pathologists||www.rcpath.org - Choose careers|
|Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health||www.rcpch.ac.uk - Choose education and training|
|Royal College of Physicians||www.rcplondon.ac.uk (general website)|
|Royal College of Psychiatrists||www.rcpsych.ac.uk - Choose training then school leavers|
|Royal College of Radiologists||www.rcr.ac.uk - Choose clinical oncology then becoming an oncologist, or clinical radiology then becoming an radiologist|
|Royal College of Surgeons||www.rcseng.ac.uk - Choose a surgical career|
|Society of Radiographers||www.sor.org - Choose careers information|