Job Description for Internist
An internist is a physician who focuses on the prevention and treatment of disease. The internist will work with other physicians, in order to provide them with advice. Often, the symptoms present in a patient will be puzzling, and the internist will have to use problem-solving skills to discover what disease is ailing the patient and what sort of medication or treatment should be administered. Figuring out solutions may involve research, looking at the patient’s medical history, and figuring out what environments and substances the patient has been exposed to.Read More...
The internist will help the patient to maintain good health by teaching the patient about good wellness activities and practices, such as proper nutrition. Usually, the internist will work at hospital or a private practice. Once the issue is figured out, the internist may sometimes have to use discretion to refer the patient to a surgeon or another physician who is more specialized about the disease that the patient is experiencing. It is important to enjoy working with people and to be able to demonstrate compassion while maintaining a professional demeanor, as the patient may be experiencing troubling health issues. When working in an emergency department, the physician may be exposed to high-stress situations.
Some internists will also focus on one certain area of specialization, such as cardiology, infectious disease, or pulmonology. Graduation from an accredited medical school is necessary. Licensing to practice in the appropriate state must be possessed.
- Use diagnostic techniques to treat and examine patients including medication, surgery, and hospitalization.
- Examine patients for symptoms and determine causes.
- Diagnose and treat diseases and injuries of patients' internal organ systems.
- Perform routine examinations and treat serious conditions.
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Pay by Experience Level for Internist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average inexperienced worker earns $173K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $172K. Internists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $192K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $193K.
Pay Difference by Location
Internists in Boston report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 28 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.