What does a Primary Care Physician do?

Primary care physicians are a patient's regular family doctor. They develop long-term relationships with their patients through routine checkups and visits, and serve as the first medical professional the patient will visit if they have medical concerns that go beyond the normal routine checkups.

Primary care physicians examine patients and take their medical history, updating their charts as needed. They counsel patients on health-related issues including daily activities, diet, hygiene-related concerns or issues, and prevention measures. They address patient concerns or answer questions patients may have about their health and well-being, and they assess and treat conditions that occur in a patient's everyday life. They prescribe medication and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests for their patients and diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment for various problems that affect internal organ systems. Primary care physicians also refer patients to specialists when applicable and need a degree in medicine, 3-4 years of medical residency, a license to practice medicine and certification in family medicine where applicable.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Primary Care Physician Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹1,10,166 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: ₹1L
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Primary Care Physician Career Path

Learn how to become a Primary Care Physician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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11 Dec 2019

“I met some great folks and I miss them dearly .”

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28 Jul 2021

“The GM I had was terrible at their job but one of the Assistant Managers was the best and held the job together.”

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25 Sep 2020

“supportive of your career pursuits”

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7 Sep 2021

“good pay + bonus oppurtunity”

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30 Oct 2020

“no weekends or holidays worked”

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29 Apr 2020

“professional development opportunities”

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13 Jul 2021

“It was great working here.”

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25 Jan 2020

“Great Support Staff to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a primary care physician

When working as a primary care physician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are English Language, Diagnosis, Treating, Bilingual and Written Communication.

The most similar professions to primary care physician are:
  • Family Medicine Physician
  • Neurologist
  • Physician
  • Internal Medicine Physician

The most common qualifications to become a primary care physician 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.