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An internist is a medical professional who specialises in internal medicine and disease. They are a key medical professional as they aid recovery from, and assist in the prevention of, potentially life-threatening internal conditions.

Internists are physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Typical duties of an internist include consulting with patients to understand their symptoms, ?prescribing or administering medication and therapy, discussing test results with patients, managing and treating health problems, analyzing reports and test results, advising patients on disease prevention and making diagnoses on illness and diseases.

To become an internist, you will need a bachelor?s degree in biology, physical sciences or another related field. After this, you will need to complete a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and complete an internship and clinical residency training that specializes in internal medicine. After all this, you will then need to successfully complete the Internal Medicine Certification Examination and get certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine.

As you can see, becoming an internist is not an easy or accessible career path; it requires a lot of educational commitment and extensive skill, knowledge and experience. What is more, is that internist can work long hours, which can be draining. On top of this, the role can be emotionally draining as you will work with people with a range of illnesses, some of which are deadly.

However, internists have high job satisfaction and sense of achievement as they use their unique skills and knowledge to better the lives of many people. Also, as human disease is showing no signs of slowing down, the demand for internist is growing fast, meaning the career offers job security.

To be a successful internist, you will need to be an excellent communicator and have the ability to empathize with patients. You will also need to have outstanding research and analytical skills and show an exceptional attention to detail.


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