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Real-Life Physician (General) Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Physician (General) field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33653PhysicianFemale35 $75,000cary, NC01/01/2010
33367Medical ResidentMale31 $55,000Southfield, MI01/01/2010
33207Family Practice AttendingMale30 $107,000merrick, NY01/01/2010
33174PhysicianMale35 $50,000woodside, NY01/01/2010
32721PhysicianMale26 $52,000New York, NY01/01/2010


Physicians who provide general care may be called family physicians or general practitioners. While specialized doctors, such as oncologists, focus on one area of health, general care physicians provide comprehensive care. When someone is sick, needs a physical, or has a health concern, the general care doctor evaluates the person.

For temporary sicknesses, a general care doctor prescribes medicine or treatments. The doctor may also order tests to further analyze an issue. The doctor may refer patients to specialists for treatment of serious long-term conditions or more focused treatment.

A general care physician must have a good memory, excellent attention to details, exceptional investigative skills, and outstanding listening skills. This individual is responsible for gathering as much information as possible to make a timely and accurate diagnosis or recommendation. Communication skills and compassion are also important.

General physicians spend about eight years or more in school. They are usually pre-med majors in college and spend four years in medical school. After completing a residency, a general care doctor may work in a private practice, a group practice, or a hospital.

The job duties of general care doctors vary considerably. Reading accounts of personal experiences is the best way to gain a clear understanding of what this job is like. Check out our real-life general care physician career profiles below to learn more about educational backgrounds, career paths, salaries, and more.

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