Physician / Doctor, Geriatric Salary
The average pay for a Physician / Doctor, Geriatric is $174,740 per year.
Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Geriatric
Geriatric physicians/doctors specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illnesses in older adults. These physicians must first study general medicine prior to specializing in geriatric medicine to understand the aging process and related illnesses, and they may work for hospitals or geriatric clinics/centers while some have their own private practice.Read More...
Medical school education and training and a license to practice medicine are required for this position, as are at least three years of residency training in internal medicine and one to two years of fellowship training in geriatrics. Computer skills are beneficial to understand complex health care programs such as eClinicalWorks or Misys Healthcare System, and they must also be able to perform CPR and use oxygen masks, resuscitation tools, and other medical equipment.
Geriatric physicians/doctors must take their patients’ emotional and mental condition into consideration in addition to physical health, and strong interpersonal and communication skills are important in this position. They must also be willing to listen to patients' guardians and/or families, and they are encouraged to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date by reading medical journals and attending conferences. Flexibility is often necessary to work on-call on a rotating basis, and some may be required to mentor and coach interns and other physicians.
Physician / Doctor, Geriatric Tasks
- Assess, diagnose and treat diseases and disabilities in geriatric patients.
- Prevent and treat medical conditions that frequently affect geriatric patients, such as Alzheimer's disease, dementia, diabetes and heart disease.
- Provide patient and family with clear, compassionate direction and medical advice.