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Become An Attending Physician In Chicago, IL

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Working As An Attending Physician In Chicago, IL

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $185,054

    Average Salary

What Does An Attending Physician Do

An Attending Physician typically supervises fellows, residents, medical students, and other practitioners. They are responsible for supervising each patient every day, reviewing treatment plans with residents, and supervising patient management documents.

How To Become An Attending Physician

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Education

Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.

Training

After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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610 Attending Physician jobs

Cook County Government
Chicago, IL
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN 12 - GASTROENTEROLOGY

$185,054 Estimated

Cook County Government
Chicago, IL
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN 7- ACHN

$185,054 Estimated

Cook County Government
Chicago, IL
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN 6- PRIMARY CARE

$185,054 Estimated

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Attending Physician - Pediatric Innovation Center

$185,054 Estimated

Cook County Government
Chicago, IL
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN 9 - EMERGENCY MEDICINE

$185,054 Estimated

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Attending Physician - Physician Practice Management, Full-time

$185,054 Estimated

Cook County Government
Chicago, IL
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN - CORRECTIONAL PSYCHIATRIST (PART-TIME)

$185,054 Estimated

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Attending Physician - Silver Cross Hospital, Part-time

$185,054 Estimated

Cook County Government
Chicago, IL
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN 8 LEAD - CORRECTIONAL HEALTH - JTDC

$185,054 Estimated

Cook County Government
Chicago, IL
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN 12 (PT) - PEDIATRIC SURGERY

$185,054 Estimated

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Attending Physician Alliances - Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Full-time

$185,054 Estimated

Melbay Healthcare
Chicago, IL
Physician

$123,000 Estimated

Relode
Chicago, IL
Physician: Gastroenterology

$123,000 Estimated

National Coalition of Healthcare Recruiters
Chicago, IL
Gastroenterology - Physician Opportunity only

$123,000 Estimated

Medkoder, L.L.C.
Chicago, IL
Physician Auditor / Coder

$123,000 Estimated

Virtualvocations
Chicago, IL
Telecommute physician coder

$123,000 Estimated

Sunbelt Staffing
Chicago, IL
Collaborative Physician - Illinois

$123,000 Estimated

Virtualvocations
Chicago, IL
Remote physician advisor

$123,000 Estimated

CAS Assoc
Chicago, IL
Physician Psychiatric $300K

$123,000 Estimated

Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
Neurodegenerative Neuropathologist, Physician Scientist

$123,000 Estimated

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Real Attending Physician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
HPB Surgery Attending Physician Charlotte Mecklenburge Hospital Authority Charlotte, NC Jan 01, 2015 $360,000 -
$561,600
Attending Physician-Surgeon (Foot/Ankle; Trauma; & Spine) Faculty Physicians & Surgeons of Llusm Loma Linda, CA Jun 30, 2016 $350,000
Attending Physician, Surgeon Faculty Physicians &Amp; Surgeons of Llusm D/B/A Loma Linda University FAC Loma Linda, CA Jan 02, 2016 $350,000
Attending Physician North Arkansas Pain Management Batesville, AR Feb 11, 2016 $350,000
Attending Physician, Gastroenterology University Hospitals Medical Group, Inc. Westlake, OH Oct 17, 2016 $350,000
Attending Physician/Gastroenterology University Hospitals Medical Group, Inc. Westlake, OH Jul 01, 2015 $350,000
Attending Physician, Anesthesiology Pinnacle Mid-Atlantic Anesthesia Associates, PC Easton, PA Jan 07, 2016 $350,000
Attending Physician, Anesthesiology Pinnacle Mid-Atlantic Anesthesia Associates, PC Vineland, NJ Jan 07, 2016 $350,000
Attending Physician North Arkansas Pain Management, P.A. Cherokee Village, AR Jul 01, 2015 $350,000
Attending Physician Interfaith Medical Center New York, NY Apr 03, 2015 $333,920
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Top Skills for An Attending Physician

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Top Attending Physician Skills

  1. Internal Medicine
  2. Emergency Medicine
  3. Clinical Research
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Practiced Internal Medicine and Pediatrics office and hospital based
  • Core Faculty Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Lead: Responsible for design, implementation, and analysis of various clinical research studies.
  • Tended to approximately 20-25 inpatients per day with ongoing primary care.
  • Monitored patients' vital signs during surgery as well as in the first stage of recovery.

Top Attending Physician Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Attending Physician

  1. Internal Medicine
  2. University of Missouri Kansas City
  3. Foothill Eye Medical Group
  4. Kaweah Delta Healthcare District
  5. Houston Methodist Hospital
  6. Memorial Hermann Hospital
  7. Christus Schumpert Medical Center
  8. Va Medical Center
  9. NCNM Community Clinics
  10. Consultative Practice Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine, and Endocrinology
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