How to become an infectious disease doctor

Areas of increasing concern are with hospital-acquired infections and organisms that are resistant to antibiotics. In order to become an infectious disease physician, you must first complete the process of becoming an internal medicine physician, or internist. That requires a college bachelor’s degree, followed by four years of medical school.

What does an infectious disease specialist do?

Infectious disease specialists are physicians who are trained in internal medicine and specialize in diagnosing, treating, and managing infectious diseases.

Who studies infectious diseases?

Doctors of infectious diseases, medical scientists and epidemiologists often hold a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Medicine (MD). They may conduct research on the symptoms and spread of transmittable diseases.

What do you call a disease doctor?

Doctors who investigate diseases and viruses are called infectious disease physicians, sometimes shortened to ID physicians. Many ID physicians specialize in the investigation and treatment of HIV and AIDS, and are sometimes referred to as ID/HIV physicians.

What test do infectious disease Drs. do?

Having completed the history your infectious diseases specialist will conduct an examination. This usually begins with a check of temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiratory rate. A general examination follows and generally includes examining for rash or lymph nodes, examining the chest and abdomen and sometimes examining the genital region.

What do infectious disease doctors treat?

An infectious disease doctor may be called upon to treat patients using antibiotics or other drugs. An infectious disease doctor often works closely with other members of a patient’s care team. An infectious disease doctor may treat young patients. Infectious disease doctors study diseases that spread, such as tuberculosis.

Do infectious disease doctors perform surgery?

Unlike other doctors, they do not perform surgery. Many infectious disease physicians specialize in caring for high-risk patients such as HIV/AIDS patients, who are at increased risk of secondary infections. In addition to helping patients recover from infection, infectious disease physicians also support public health efforts.

What doctor treats skin infection?

A dermatologist is a doctor that specializes in dermatology— the branch of medical science that deals with the structure, function, and disorders of the skin, hair and nails. A dermatologist evaluates and treats skin rashes, growths, infections, hair loss, and nail problems.