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Become A Family Practitioner

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Working As A Family Practitioner

  • 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

  • $151,590

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Family Practitioner does

  • Provided patient education.Ordered and read lab tests, x-rays, MRIs, Ultrasounds, and EKGs.
  • Maintained an effective working relationship with other health care professionals and all members of the health care team.
  • Instructed family life, parenting, employment, and communication skills programs.
  • Provide family and internal medicine services for Delta Locum Tenens' client practices with short- and long-term temporary openings for physicians.
  • Instructed clients in disease prevention, good health practices, and healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Trained in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Neonatology, Pediatrics, adult and elderly patients.
  • Provided 24-hour crisis intervention.Reason for leaving: Went to graduate schoolSupervisor: Marsha Bowman (575)388-4412
  • Used structural and strategic family therapy to refocus multiple systems surrounding children and their families.
  • Manage and follow evidenced based guidelines to prescribe and or adjust medications, order and interpret pertinent labs, diagnostic procedures.
  • Provide home base services to entire families referred by CYFD (PSD).
  • Assessed patients' vital signs and took medical histories.
  • Observed the flow of a daily routine and the types of patient cases seen within primary care.
  • Prepared goal/treatment plans, maintained documentation and monthly reports in a timely manner, provided training.
  • Prescribed plans for each child and family along with linkages to relevant community resources upon successful discharge.
  • Provide appropriate patient education and teaching.

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How To Become A Family Practitioner

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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Real Family Practitioner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Family Practitioner Ashtabula County Medical Center Jefferson, OH Aug 10, 2015 $492,000
Family Practitioner With Obstetrics The City of Sleepy Eye Sleepy Eye, MN Sep 17, 2013 $366,558
Family Practitioner With Obstetrics The City of Sleepy Eye Morgan, MN Sep 17, 2013 $366,558
Physician-Family Practitioner Roosevelt General Hospital Portales, NM Sep 13, 2013 $317,000
Physician-Family Practitioner Decatur Memorial Hospital Decatur, IL Jan 07, 2016 $265,884
Family Practitioner, Director of Medical Education Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center Crookston, MN May 31, 2014 $230,000
Family Practitioner, Director of Medical Education Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center Crookston, MN Jan 01, 2013 $230,000
Family Medicine Practitioner Tift County Hospital Authority Adel, GA Jul 11, 2016 $225,000
Family Practitioner Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Coudersport, PA Oct 07, 2013 $225,000
Physician-Family Practitioner United Health Centers of The San Joaquin Valley Corcoran, CA Jan 10, 2016 $220,000
Physician-Family Practitioner Southeast Colorado Hospital District Springfield, CO Jan 09, 2016 $220,000
Family Practitioner Morrill County Community Hospital Bridgeport, NE Jan 07, 2016 $219,000
Family Practitioner Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Sep 03, 2014 $189,616
Family Practitioner Pines Health Services Presque Isle, ME Aug 15, 2014 $187,990 -
$230,000
Family Practitioner Pines Health Services Washburn, ME Aug 15, 2014 $187,990 -
$230,000
Physician/Family Practitioner Covenant Medical Center, Inc. Oelwein, IA Jul 01, 2011 $185,740
Physician-Family Practitioner Family Healthcare Network Porterville, CA Aug 15, 2015 $185,000
Family Practitioner Medical Aids Outreach of Alabama, Inc. Montgomery, AL Oct 10, 2016 $183,656
Family Practitioner Byrd Medical Clinic, Inc. Leesville, LA Aug 01, 2012 $180,000
Family Practitioner International Health Providers, LLC Oct 24, 2016 $180,000
Physician/Family Practitioner JMHC, Inc. Carlisle, KY Aug 02, 2011 $170,000
Physician/Family Practitioner Johnson Mathers Health Care, Inc. Carlisle, KY Aug 02, 2011 $170,000
Staff Physician-Family Practitioner Ochsner Clinic Foundation New Orleans, LA Aug 30, 2012 $168,000
Staff Physician-Family Practitioner Ochsner Clinic Foundation New Orleans, LA Aug 01, 2012 $168,000
Family Practitioner Group Health Permanente, P.C. Olympia, WA Jul 05, 2013 $165,000 -
$195,000
Staff Physician-Family Practitioner Cumberland County Hospital System, Inc. Fayetteville, NC Aug 01, 2014 $165,000
Family Practitioner Tutwiler Clinic, Inc. Tutwiler, MS Jun 02, 2014 $164,800

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Top Skills for A Family Practitioner

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Top Family Practitioner Skills

  1. Primary Care
  2. EKG
  3. Emergency Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Observed the flow of a daily routine and the types of patient cases seen within primary care.
  • Provided patient education.Ordered and read lab tests, x-rays, MRIs, Ultrasounds, and EKGs.
  • Assessed patients' vital signs and took medical histories.
  • Maintained continuity of care and provided appropriate community health care resources.
  • Prepared goal/treatment plans, maintained documentation and monthly reports in a timely manner, provided training.

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