Internist (Internal Medicine Physician)

General Duties

Internists (Internal Medicine Physicians) effectively diagnose patients and suggest a successful course of treatment for both common and complex diseases involving internal organs. Prescribe and administer medications, immunizations, and other non-surgical treatments. 

Applies specific knowledge in comprehensive evaluations, acute attention to details, communicate compassionately with their patients to be able to carefully assess each patient’s medical history and symptoms.

Providing patients with health care services that meet state and national standards in the medical profession. They are responsible for prescribing patients with appropriate health regimens and lifestyle adjustments that will contribute to their recovery from diagnosed health issues, prevent future health issues and/or promote a healthier life. 

Responsibilities 

  • Perform physical evaluations on adult patients who are seeking medical attention for injuries, illness or other medical concerns
  • Order screening tests and other measures that aid in the diagnostic process, and review reports, labs, x-rays, EKGs and all other screening methods
  • Customize a treatment plan unique to each patient’s symptoms and diagnosis
  • Perform minor procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, as needed
  • Prescribe medication as part of a treatment plan in accordance to federal and state laws, and perform drug and disease utilization reviews on a regular basis to ensure quality treatment of patients and to avoid any drug and/or therapy conflicts
  • Complete frequent daily patient visits
  • Mentor Internal Medicine Residents in their Internal Medicine rotation
  • Explain procedures in layman's terms to patients and family members before and after procedures
  • Maintain historical records by documenting symptoms, medications, and treatment events and writing summaries.
  • Monitoring patients' conditions and progress, and re-evaluating treatments, as necessary.
  • Providing health and wellness advice to patients, including diet, physical activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
  • Immunizing patients against preventable diseases.
  • Maintaining detailed notes of appointments with patients, including comments, tests and/or treatments prescribed, and test results.
  • Referring patients to other medical specialists, when necessary.
  • Providing support and advice to patients receiving long-term care.
  • Preparing official health documents or records, when necessary.
  • Conducting research into the testing and development of new medications, methods of treatment, or procedures to prevent or control illness, disease, or injury.
  • Keep abreast of advancements in their specialization as Internist and best practices by attending seminars and conferences
  • Be prepared to leave at the end of the day only after patient care is completed.
  • Be willing to supervise and sign off on PA and Nurse Practitioner notes as well as review lab results and imaging studies during downtime (non-patient care periods during the clinical shift).
  • Maintain a professional appearance.
  • Understand the concepts of universal precautions, HIPAA and OSHA.

Qualifications

  • Holds certification after specialized training
  • Valid DEA number to prescribe medications
  • Excellent decision making, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills in determining best treatment plans given, organizational, problem-solving, and researching skills.
  • Experience with EHR (electronic health records) preferred
  • Proficiency with computers and medical equipment.
  • Ability to speak multiple languages will be advantageous.
  • Must have a criminal background check.

Education

  • Obtained related degree (ie. Biology, Physical Sciences etc)
  • Obtained Doctor of Medicine (MD) Degree
  • Completed internship and clinical residency training
  • Obtained the Internal Medicine Certification Examination
  • Obtained appropriate licenses/certification from the concerned state/board

Experience

  • 5+ years’ experience in a general medical practice

Physical/Environmental Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to type or perform a physical examination on patients. 

The employee is required to stand and walk. Clinical shifts may require a decent amount of physical stamina given the duration of shift work. The employee must occasionally lift/move 30 pounds or more. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 



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