Internists, General

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.

Median Annual Wage: $187,200

Education: Post-doctoral training (61%); Doctoral degree (39%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Medical Doctor (MD); Physician; Internist; Internal Medicine Physician; General Internist; Attending Physician; Gastroenterologist; Clinic MD Associate (Clinic Medical Doctor Associate); Internal Medicine Doctor

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  • Make diagnoses when different illnesses occur together or in situations where the diagnosis may be obscure.
  • Immunize patients to protect them from preventable diseases.
  • Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.
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  • Provide consulting services to other doctors caring for patients with special or difficult problems.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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