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Become A Family Practice Doctor

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Working As A Family Practice Doctor

  • 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

  • $184,390

    Average Salary

What Does A Family Practice Doctor Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

* Creates a positive patient care experience by greeting, preparing, exiting and following up with patients for providers according to established competency guidelines, policies and procedures.
* Creates an atmosphere of teamwork by contributing to opportunities to improve employee and customer satisfaction, including self-development, continuing education (personal and technical), and achieving department objectives and passport goals.
* Provides support, both expected and directed, and collaborates with physicians and multi-disciplinary care team(s) for Best Care / Best Results.
* Assures accuracy of data collection and reporting for Quality Initiatives.
* Maintains accountability for maximizing revenue capture and growth while optimizing cost savings.
* Communicates opportunities for organizational growth and improvement.
* SSM Health will implement a new minimum wage of $11 per hour throughout its four-state system which will take effect in January 2017.
* This job is one impacted by this increase.
* Learn morehere

What Does A Family Practice Doctor Do At Ascension Health

* Evaluates and treats patients with appropriate medical diagnostic and treatment skills.
* Coordinates discharge planning with case management.
* Recommends, participates in, and works to ensure the success of efforts to improve cost effectiveness and quality of care provided to patients.
* Accepts patient referrals from other physicians.
* Acts as admitting, attending and/or consulting physician for patients who require hospitalization for primary medical diagnoses, depending on needs of patients, medical staff and hospital.
* Participates in academic programs (e.g. medical education and research) as requested.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* Appropriately utilizes tool and technology available.
* Utilizes clinic resources efficiently and wisely.
* Participates in Seton or community endeavors.
* Maintains a high level of current knowledge in specialty.
* Acts as a resource for other in the clinic or Seton

What Does A Family Practice Doctor Do At Mint Physician Staffing

common illnesses, minor cuts & burns, sprains, occupational injury, etc

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How To Become A Family Practice Doctor

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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Family Practice Doctor Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    67.9%
  • Male

    30.2%
  • Unknown

    1.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    75.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    14.4%
  • Asian

    7.2%
  • Unknown

    2.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    50.0%
  • French

    7.7%
  • Hindi

    7.7%
  • Bengali

    7.7%
  • Portuguese

    3.8%
  • Igbo

    3.8%
  • Romanian

    3.8%
  • Russian

    3.8%
  • Dakota

    3.8%
  • Urdu

    3.8%
  • Italian

    3.8%
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Real Family Practice Doctor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Family Medicine Doctor Canton-Potsdam Hospital Potsdam, NY Sep 20, 2012 $190,000
Family Practice Provider Wahid Medical Corporation Patterson, CA Sep 16, 2013 $150,000 -
$170,000
Family Practice Provider Wahid Medical Corporation Patterson, CA Jan 02, 2012 $150,000 -
$170,000
Family Doctor C.H. Wilkinson Physician Network Beeville, TX Aug 15, 2010 $150,000
Family Practice Resident Mariposa Community Health Center Nogales, AZ Oct 01, 2010 $150,000
Family Practice Resident Mariposa Community Health Center Nogales, AZ Sep 01, 2010 $150,000

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Top Skills for A Family Practice Doctor

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Top Family Practice Doctor Skills

  1. Family Practice Resident
  2. Outpatient Clinic
  3. Family Medicine
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist in education and support of Family Practice residents andGeriatric Fellows as part of the health care team.
  • Completed 12 weeks rotations in Family Medicine.
  • Trained in all facets of Primary Care Medicine with strong emphasis on community and preventive medicine.
  • Review health information via Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
  • Worked in Triage and helped to put medical records into electronic charting.

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