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Become A General Internal Medicine Physician

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Working As A General Internal Medicine Physician

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

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $169,267

    Average Salary

What Does A General Internal Medicine Physician Do

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They often counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

There are two types of physicians, with corresponding degrees: M.D. (Medical Doctor) and D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). Both use the same methods of treatment, including drugs and surgery, but D.O.s place additional emphasis on the body's musculoskeletal system, preventive medicine, and holistic (whole-person) patient care. D.O.s are most likely to be primary care physicians, although they can be found in all specialties.


Physicians and surgeons typically do the following:

  • Take a patient’s medical history
  • Update charts and patient information to show current findings and treatments
  • Order tests for nurses or other healthcare staff to perform
  • Review test results to identify any abnormal findings
  • Recommend and design a plan of treatment
  • Address concerns or answer questions that patients have about their health and well-being
  • Help patients take care of their health by discussing topics such as proper nutrition and hygiene

Physicians and surgeons work in one or more specialties. The following are examples of types of physicians and surgeons:

Anesthesiologists focus on the care of surgical patients and on pain relief. They administer drugs (anesthetics) that reduce or eliminate the sensation of pain during an operation or another medical procedure. During surgery, they are responsible for adjusting the amount of anesthetic as needed and monitoring the patient's heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and breathing. They also work outside of the operating room, providing pain relief in the intensive care unit, during labor and delivery of babies, and for patients who suffer from chronic pain. Anesthesiologists work with other physicians and surgeons to decide on treatments and procedures before, during, and after surgery. 

Family and general physicians assess and treat a range of conditions that occur in everyday life. These conditions include anything from sinus and respiratory infections to broken bones. Family and general physicians typically have regular, long-term patients.

General internists diagnose and provide nonsurgical treatment for a range of problems that affect internal organ systems such as the stomach, kidneys, liver, and digestive tract. Internists use a variety of diagnostic techniques to treat patients through medication or hospitalization. They work mostly with adult patients.

General pediatricians provide care for infants, children, teenagers, and young adults. They specialize in diagnosing and treating problems specific to younger people. Most pediatricians treat common illnesses, minor injuries, and infectious diseases, and administer vaccinations. Some pediatricians specialize in pediatric surgery or serious medical conditions that commonly affect younger patients, such as autoimmune disorders or chronic ailments.

Obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs) provide care related to pregnancy, childbirth, and the female reproductive system. They treat and counsel women throughout their pregnancy and deliver babies. They also diagnose and treat health issues specific to women, such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, hormonal disorders, and symptoms related to menopause.

Psychiatrists are primary mental health physicians. They diagnose and treat mental illnesses through a combination of personal counseling (psychotherapy), psychoanalysis, hospitalization, and medication. Psychotherapy involves regular discussions with patients about their problems. The psychiatrist helps them find solutions through changes in their behavioral patterns, explorations of their past experiences, or group and family therapy sessions. Psychoanalysis involves long-term psychotherapy and counseling for patients. Psychiatrists may prescribe medications to correct chemical imbalances that cause some mental illnesses.

Surgeons treat injuries, diseases, and deformities through operations. Using a variety of instruments, a surgeon corrects physical deformities, repairs bone and tissue after injuries, or performs preventive or elective surgeries on patients. Although a large number perform general surgery, many surgeons choose to specialize in a specific area. Specialties include orthopedic surgery (the treatment of the musculoskeletal system), neurological surgery (treatment of the brain and nervous system), cardiovascular surgery, and plastic or reconstructive surgery. Like other physicians, surgeons examine patients, perform and interpret diagnostic tests, and counsel patients on preventive healthcare. Some specialist physicians also perform surgery.

Physicians and surgeons may work in a number of other medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. The following specialists are some of the most common examples:

  • Allergists (specialists in diagnosing and treating hay fever or other allergies)
  • Cardiologists (heart specialists)
  • Dermatologists (skin specialists)
  • Gastroenterologists (digestive system specialists)
  • Ophthalmologists (eye specialists)
  • Pathologists (specialists who study body tissue to see if it is normal or abnormal)
  • Radiologists (specialists who review and interpret x rays and other images and deliver radiation treatments for cancer and other illnesses)

Physicians work daily with other healthcare staff, such as registered nurses, other physicians, medical assistants, and medical records and health information technicians.

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How To Become A General Internal Medicine 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.


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.


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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Black or African American

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General Internal Medicine Physician Education


School of Health


Brooks College


University of California - San Francisco


Stanford University


Blinn College


Boston College


University of Missouri - Kansas City


National Institutes of Health


Eastern Virginia Medical School


Bowling Green State University


University of the Sciences


American College


University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics


Villanova University


Montgomery County Community College


University of New Haven


Case Western Reserve University


Boston University


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


University of Texas Health Science San Antonio

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Social Work




Health Care Administration


Medical Clinical Sciences


Criminal Justice




Physician Assistant


Physiology And Anatomy


Public Health


Graphic Design


Family Practice Nursing


Health Sciences And Services


Fire Science And Protection


Veterinary Science


Medical Assisting Services


Clinical Psychology


Biomedical Engineering


Project Management

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Real General Internal Medicine Physician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
General Internal Medicine Physician Memorial Hospital, Inc. D/B/A Manchester Memorial Hospital Manchester, KY Aug 07, 2016 $235,000
General Internal Medicine Physician Memorial Hospital, Inc. D/B/A Manchester Memorial Manchester, KY Aug 03, 2016 $235,000
General Internal Medicine Physician Manchester Memorial Hospital Manchester, KY Jul 08, 2013 $225,000
General Internal Medicine Physician Scott & White Clinic Temple, TX Sep 01, 2013 $210,000
General Internal Medicine Physician Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH Aug 15, 2016 $190,000
General Internal Medicine Physician Ut Regional One Physicians, Inc. Memphis, TN Jul 30, 2016 $187,200
General Internal Medicine Physician Ut Regional One Physicians, Inc. Memphis, TN Jan 07, 2016 $187,200
General Internal Medicine Physician Ut Regional One Physicians, Inc. Memphis, TN Jul 01, 2015 $187,200
General Internal Medicine Physician Via Christi Clinic, Pa Wichita, KS Apr 28, 2015 $187,199
General Internal Medicine Physician Via Christi Clinic, Pa Wichita, KS Dec 18, 2014 $187,199
General Internal Medicine Physician Via Christi Clinic, P.A. Wichita, KS Sep 01, 2013 $180,000
General Internal Medicine Physician Family Health Centers of San Diego San Diego, CA May 31, 2016 $175,000
Physician, General Internal Medicine Banner University Medical Group Tucson, AZ Jan 07, 2016 $175,000
Physician-General Internal Medicine Department of Veterans Affairs Minneapolis, MN Oct 01, 2012 $169,267
General Internal Medicine Physician Via Christi Clinic, P.A. Wichita, KS Jan 09, 2016 $156,332
General Internal Medicine Physician Academic Medicine Services Inc. Buffalo, NY Feb 23, 2015 $155,000
General Internal Medicine Physician Lower Umpqua Hospital District Reedsport, OR Nov 02, 2010 $150,000
General Medicine Physician Audwin B. Nelson, M.D., P.A. Sebring, FL Sep 22, 2015 $150,000
General Internal Medicine Physician Academic Medicine Services Inc. Buffalo, NY Jan 12, 2015 $140,000
General Internal Medicine Physician Academic Medicine Services Inc. Buffalo, NY Jan 30, 2015 $138,000
General Internal Medicine Physician Academic Medicine Services Buffalo, NY Jan 07, 2016 $134,000 -
Family and General Internal Medicine Physician Dream Physicians LLC Elizabeth, NJ Aug 31, 2016 $127,307
Family and General Internal Medicine Physician Dream Physicians LLC Elizabeth, NJ Jan 02, 2016 $127,307
Family and General Internal Medicine Physician Dream Physicians LLC Toms River, NJ May 05, 2016 $127,307

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Top Skills for A General Internal Medicine Physician


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Top General Internal Medicine Physician Skills

  1. Emergency Room
  2. General/Internal Medicine Specialty
  3. Surgery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked as a fee-basis general medicine physician in the Emergency Room and Urgent Care
  • Completed extensive training rotations in the emergency room.
  • Worked as part of a team liaising with nurses, registrars and other health care professionals.
  • Provided behavioral health education and consultation to medical staff, performed psychiatric intakes and psychosocial assessments.
  • Involved in emergent deliveries of full term and premature newborns.

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