Physicians/doctors in pulmonary medicine are responsible for performing medical procedures and consultations for patients with pulmonary illnesses. They must assist patients using advanced technology and interpret a variety of symptoms and lab results, and may also perform surgical procedures as necessary.
Pulmonary medicine physicians/doctors use scientific judgement to provide correct diagnoses and prescribe medicine according to patients' needs, and interpersonal skills are important in this position to communicate and explain pulmonary issues in a positive manner to patients and families. Organization and close attention to detail are important in this position, and these physicians typically administer pulmonary treatments to improve the respiratory system and must efficiently identify respiratory problems and proceed with emergency procedures when a patient's life is in danger. They must have in-depth knowledge of medical and pulmonary terminology and the operation of mechanical pulmonary ventilation equipment, and they must follow-up with patients and follow strict safety and medical guidelines to prevent incidents and respect clients' confidentiality.
These physicians/doctors receive up-to-date training in respiratory procedures and problems with punctures in arteries. They should work well in a team setting to evaluate treatment methods with other doctors, but also on their own with minimal supervision. A medical degree and specialization in pulmonary medicine are necessary for this position, and medical certifications may also be necessary.
Physician / Doctor, Pulmonary Medicine Tasks
Examine patients to diagnose and treat ailments and disorders relating to the lungs.
Prescribe medications, inhalers, oxygen therapy, or mechanical ventilation.
Perform procedures to test and understand pulmonary function and the factors affecting it.
Recommend changes to diet, exercise, and home to reduce allergies, improve oxygenation and other concerns.