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.
Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $175K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($173K) on average. Internists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $192K. Internists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $190K.
Pay Difference by Location
Internists in Boston earn salaries far below the national average by 28 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. On the whole, employers pay 17 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Baltimore and Chicago.
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