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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.
ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33653 Physician Female 35 $75,000 cary, NC 01/01/2010
33367 Medical Resident Male 31 $55,000 Southfield, MI 01/01/2010
33207 Family Practice Attending Male 30 $107,000 merrick, NY 01/01/2010
33174 Physician Male 35 $50,000 woodside, NY 01/01/2010
32721 Physician Male 26 $52,000 New York, NY 01/01/2010

Overview

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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