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Career Profile: Physician - Kara Odom

Career Profile: Physician - Kara Odom

Kara Odom, MD, 28 San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA Family Medicine

Dept. of Labor, Career Voyages, In Demand: Careers in Health Care

What do you do every day?

Family medicine is pretty diverse, so we do everything from delivering and taking care of babies to taking care of people in our clinic. A typical day might be going into the office at about 8 a.m. and seeing about 10 patients in the morning. Usually at the lunch hour, we’ll have a lecture by various doctors in the community, and in the afternoon, it’s usually very similar, we see more patients.

What training did you need for your job?

Usually people go to a four-year college, where most people major in the sciences, but you can major in just about anything you want these days. In college, you take your pre-med classes. Then medical school is four years and then you enter a residency. Residency is your postgraduate training, and it can range from two years up to 10 years.

What do you like most about your job?

My favorite part of my job is that I’m always helping people and teaching them about their health, and trying to work with families and kids to make sure they’re living the healthiest life they can. A lot of it is interpreting the science that I know so that it’s relevant to my patients.

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