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General Internal Medicine Physicians

Also called: Internal Medicine Physician (IM Physician), Internist, Medical Doctor (MD), Physician

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What they do:
Diagnose and provide nonsurgical treatment for a wide range of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults and adolescents, and are based primarily in an outpatient care setting.
On the job, you would:
  • Treat internal disorders, such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, or problems of the lung, brain, kidney, or gastrointestinal tract.
  • Prescribe or administer medication, therapy, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.
  • Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • psychology

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Epic Systems Hot Technology
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Novell GroupWise
Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Web browser software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$201,590
$60,970
$208,000+
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