Internists

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Average

1400+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.

Common job titles of Internists include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 61.25% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

  • 38.75% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

Tasks

    Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.

    Make diagnoses when different illnesses occur together or in situations where the diagnosis may be obscure.

    Provide and manage long-term, comprehensive medical care, including diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases, for adult patients in an office or hospital.

    Manage and treat common health problems, such as infections, influenza or pneumonia, as well as serious, chronic, and complex illnesses, in adolescents, adults, and the elderly.

    Immunize patients to protect them from preventable diseases.

    Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.

    Advise patients and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.

    Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, or examination results.

    Analyze records, reports, test results, or examination information to diagnose medical condition of patient.

    Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.

    Prescribe or administer medication, therapy, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.

    Treat internal disorders, such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, or problems of the lung, brain, kidney, or gastrointestinal tract.

    Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.

    Prepare government or organizational reports on birth, death, and disease statistics, workforce evaluations, or the medical status of individuals.

    Provide consulting services to other doctors caring for patients with special or difficult problems.

    Advise surgeon of a patient's risk status and recommend appropriate intervention to minimize risk.

    Plan, implement, or administer health programs in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention and treatment of injuries or illnesses.

    Conduct research to develop or test medications, treatments, or procedures to prevent or control disease or injury.

    Operate on patients to remove, repair, or improve functioning of diseased or injured body parts and systems.

Tools

Vision screeners

Valve mask resuscitators

Vaginal exam specula

Ultrasound imaging scanners

Ultrasound bone density scanners

Tablet computers

Suture scissors

All Tools

Suture forceps

Surgical scalpels

Suction machines

Suction catheters

Splinter forceps

Spirometers

Snellen eye charts

Pulse oximeters

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Otoscopes

Orthopedic splints

Ophthalmoscopes

Operating scissors

Neurological hammers

Nasogastric tubes

Mosquito clamps

Microscope slides

Medical tuning forks

Medical lasers

Medical examination protective gloves

Mechanical stethoscopes

Manual blood pressure units

Laptop computers

Laboratory specimen containers

Holter monitors

Glucometers

Flexible fiberoptic endoscopes

Electrosurgery units

Electronic blood pressure units

Electrocardiography EKG machines

Ear forceps

Ear curettes

Dressing forceps

Dictation equipment

Desktop computers

Dermal curettes

Cryosurgical units

Colposcopes

Blood collection syringes

Automated external defibrillators AED

Auditory testing equipment

Angiocaths

Adult Magill forceps

Technologies

MEDITECH software

Allscripts Professional EHR

Billing software

Brickell Research Brickell Medical Office

ChartWare EMR

e-MDs software

e-MDs topsE&M Coder

All Technologies

eClinicalWorks

Epocrates Essentials

GE Healthcare Centricity EMR

Greenway Health PrimeSuite

MedcomSoft Record

Medical reference software

MedMath

Misys Healthcare Systems Mysis Tiger

Novell GroupWise

Practice Partner Total Practice Partner

Scheduling software

SOAPware EMR

Abilities

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Chemistry

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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