What are Doctors Anyway?

So Many Different Types of Doctors and What They Do


Stop and think about this: what are doctors anyway? Are they just people that wear white lab coats? Are they people who use all of those "fancy" tools? Doctors care for our health and help care for our injuries and sicknesses. We even wouldn't be alive if doctors never even existed! There are lots of them around the world. Anyway, there are many different types of doctors that care for many things. For example, allergists care for people's allergies, or surgeons are doctors who perform surgeries. Today, as you read this, you are going to learn about 4 types of doctors: internal medicine doctors(internists), pediatricians (pediatrics), dentists and neurologists.

A Doctor for Adults and a Doctor for Children

Internists and Pediatrics are both types of doctors. Internists care for adults while pediatrics care for babies, children and teenagers. Internists treat conditions in non-surgical aid. They work in many different healthcare facilities, and help other specialists for finding the most appropriate care and treatment. These doctors also need to be prepared for any easy or complicated problem(s) a patient might have. On the other hand, pediatrics treat their patients with many changes of sickness, from ordinary cold to extremely bad conditions. These doctors care for children under the age of 18. Pediatrics also manage the natural and emotional health of their patients. That's it for the facts of internal medicine doctors and pediatricians. Let's now move on to facts about dentists.

The Doctor for the Mouth

Dentists are another type of doctor. Dentists are doctors who work on the inside of the mouth(teeth and gums). They look inside the patient's mouth for any cavities or bleeding gums they might find that they have. Dentists are also known as "dental surgeons" because they might have to perform surgeries in the mouth. Did you know that a lot of children are scared to go to the dentist? Someday, they must learn it's for their health, not for torture. Also, according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia online, a licensed dentist has a supporting team, and their aid provides oral health services. This is all of the facts about dentists. Let's move on to neurologists.

Brain Doctors

Neurologists are doctors who study the human brain and the nervous system. They study conditions that can effect the brain or nervous system. Some diseases are Alzheimer's

(AL-time-ER), Parkinson's and Dementia. These doctors might have to do exams on the nerves of the head, neck, muscle strength, memory, etc. They may be included in scientific research, tests, or other studies. They also might have to perform tests to study the brain's function such as a CT scan, MRI scan, lumbar puncture, etc. Now it's time to learn some fun facts about doctors.

Fun Facts

Here some categories with many facts to go with it:

How to Become a Doctor

I.You spend about 4 years in medical school

II.You should study biology, chemistry, physics, math and English

III.To get in medical school, you must to very well in college and on medical school entrance tests

IV.Being a doctor requires serious educational responsibility

V.To keep a medical license, doctors are also required to continue taking courses and learning about developments in their field throughout their career

Life as a Doctor

I.It's not that easy being a doctor

II.A doctor must work for lots of hours because of random emergencies in the day or night

III.A doctor must know how to talk to sick people, make decisions and handle emergencies

Other Fun Facts

I.A family practitioner is a doctor who cares for the entire family, and is often the first doctor people see

II.More doctors are feminine than masculine

III.A lot of doctors are medicine doctors, or for short M.D., which treat all kinds of infections and wounds

IV.Some doctors are osteopathic medicine doctors, or for short D.O., which focus on muscles and bones


Doctors are important because they care for us and our health. Without them, people will die or pass away from sicknesses and even bad injuries. Doctors are one of these people who are important in our environment and community. Doctors are hard-working because it's hard becoming one since they attend medical school after college. They also must define the problem of the patient and the cure. But, we're lucky that doctors are here yesterday, today and tomorrow.


I didn't really know a lot about doctors, so I did some research and then learned some new things. I like to give credit to the following:

I. ACP. About Internal Medicine Doctors. Website.

II. Association of American Medical College. How Do I... Decide if a Career in Medicine is Right for Me... Digital Article. (Validate Research)

III. Bernat, James. Ethical Issues in Neurology. Digital Book. (Validate Research)

IV. Children's Health Guide. What is a Pediatrician? Website.

V. Clark, Lexis. 30 Types of Doctors and What they Do. Digital Article.

VI. Fact Monster. Doctor. Website.

VII. Kluger, Jeffery. Women Make Better Doctors than Man. Digital Article on Time.com. (Validate Research)

VIII. Medicine Net. Definition for Internal Medicine. Website.

VIV. Ninomiya, Kent. What it a Neurologist? Digital Article

X. North Parade Publishing Ltd. If I Were a Doctor. Book.

XI. Unknown. What it a Neurologist? Website

XII. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pediatrics/Dentists. Website.

I hope you enjoyed my s'more article, and thank you for even reading it! I hope you learned some new things about doctors, and if you did, good for you!

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Cara W.

Fourth Grade Student