What does a Doctor do?

Physicians work to care for patients in a variety of ways, from treating chronic illnesses to advising about preventative healthcare. While physician specialties might vary, the commonality across specialties is that physicians primarily work to diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses. They often do this by performing physical exams, taking medical histories, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests, and recommending a plan of treatment.

Physicians require a high level of education, which typically includes a bachelor's degree, a degree from a medical school, and an extended period of time in a residency program. In addition, all states require physicians to be licensed. Beyond licensure, many physicians take an additional test to become board certified in order to increase employment opportunities.

  • Work with the primary healthcare team to provide patients with primary medical care services within the standard of care for Internal Medicine patients.
  • Order laboratory and radiology tests and refer patients to specialists when appropriate and called for.
  • Analyze reports, test results, medical records and examinations to diagnose condition of patients and propose treatment options.
  • Prescribe pharmaceuticals, other medications, and treatment regimens to treat identified and documented medical conditions.
  • Discuss potential side effects of medication/treatment with patients and ensure that all allergy information is up-to-date before prescribing medication/treatment.
  • Provide advice to patients for lifestyle and diet changes that may improve their health or help to treat the health issue they are experiencing.
  • Adhere to departmental policies, procedures and objectives, ongoing quality improvement objectives and safety, environmental, and infection control standards.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality and comply with all federal and state health information privacy laws.
  • Record complete, timely and legible medical records.
  • Experience providing primary care and diagnostic services in a clinical setting.
  • Experience prescribing appropriate medications, treatments and health regimens to treat patient health issues.
  • Experience collaborating with specialists to explore patient health conditions and diagnose health issues.
  • Experience working in a team of healthcare professionals and collaborating with them to ensure positive, effective patient experiences with our organization.
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills.
  • We are looking for a candidate with at least 3 years of experience in a Primary Care Physician role outside of their residency and who has the following certifications:
    • D. or D. O. degree from an accredited United States medical school.
    • Successful completion of residency and at an accredited healthcare institution.
    • Board certification in primary care or related field from said residency.
    • Current Stale Medical Practitioner License.
    • Current Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Department of Public Safety (DPS) registration, for prescription writing.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Doctor Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹63,186 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: ₹63T
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Doctor Career Path

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Kolors Health CareKolors Health Care
17 Jun 2020

“Great way to enhance your potential and explore new ways to earn money and respect.”

Sanford HealthSanford Health
Pediatric Residency Coordinator
16 Oct 2021

“Had opportunity to learn from some of the best educators in the business of medicine!”

Novant HealthNovant Health
23 Sep 2019

“Patient load requirement is impossible if one desires to maintain salary guarantee after it expires.”

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Advogado J%26uacute%3Bnior
14 Sep 2021

“Stressfull and demanding work; work and personal life balance”

Harvard Medical SchoolHarvard Medical School
20 Feb 2021

“brilliant and competent staff to support your career”

NHS ScotlandNHS Scotland
NHS FY2 Doctor
1 Nov 2021

“Well supported with good and clear career progression”

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Attending Physician
21 Nov 2021

“Good for young physician for career and clinical experience development.”

Abrazo Community Health NetworkAbrazo Community Health Network
24 Aug 2021

“Human resources is not adequately trained to handle FMLA and ADA issues.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a doctor

When working as a doctor, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Graduate Medical Education, Treating, Diagnosis, English and Injections.

The most similar professions to doctor are:
  • Pediatrician
  • Family Medicine Physician
  • Primary Care Physician
  • Internal Medicine Physician

The most common qualifications to become a doctor is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.