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Working As An In-House Physician

  • 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

  • $143,000

    Average Salary

What Does An In-House 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.

Duties

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 An In-House 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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In-House Physician Demographics

Gender

Male

48.6%

Female

34.4%

Unknown

17.0%
Ethnicity

White

38.0%

Hispanic or Latino

19.6%

Asian

18.4%

Unknown

15.2%

Black or African American

8.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.7%

Arabic

10.5%

Japanese

5.3%

Korean

5.3%

French

5.3%
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In-House Physician Education

Schools

University of Illinois at Chicago

9.6%

University of the Sciences

7.7%

University of Pennsylvania

7.7%

Medical Institute

7.7%

Liberty University

5.8%

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

5.8%

New York Medical College

5.8%

University of San Francisco

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.8%

State University of New York Upstate Medical University

3.8%

University of California - San Francisco

3.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.8%

Tufts University School of Medicine

3.8%

University of Phoenix

3.8%

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

3.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.8%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

3.8%

George Washington University

3.8%
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Majors

Medicine

46.6%

Veterinary Science

8.0%

Public Health

6.9%

Nursing

6.5%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

4.2%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

Education

3.1%

Business

2.7%

Biology

2.3%

Clinical Psychology

2.3%

Management

1.9%

Osteopathic Medicine

1.9%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.9%

Medical Technician

1.9%

Health And Wellness

1.5%

Literature

1.1%

Zoology

1.1%

Physician Assistant

1.1%

Alternative And Complementary Medicine And Medical Systems

0.8%

English

0.8%
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Degrees

Other

31.1%

Doctorate

30.4%

Masters

18.4%

Bachelors

14.6%

Associate

2.6%

Diploma

1.6%

Certificate

1.0%

License

0.3%
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$69,000
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$143,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does an In-House Physician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an In-House Physician in the United States is $144,026 per year or $69 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $296,000.

Real In-House Physician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
House Physician North East Ohio Group Practice, LLC Skokie, IL Jan 02, 2016 $240,005
House Physician North East Ohio Group Practice, LLC Highland Park, IL Jan 02, 2016 $240,005
House Physician Hospital of Saint Raphael New Haven, CT Jul 01, 2009 $208,700
ICU House Physician St. Vincent's Medical Center Bridgeport, CT Sep 01, 2010 $208,700
House Physician Hospital of Saint Raphael New Haven, CT Jul 06, 2009 $208,700
CDU House Physician Fairview Hospital Cleveland, OH Aug 30, 2013 $187,830
CDU House Physician Fairview Hospital Cleveland, OH May 20, 2013 $187,830
House Physician Northeast Medical Group, Inc. New Haven, CT Sep 12, 2012 $178,380
House Physician Northeast Medical Group, Inc. New Haven, CT Jul 29, 2012 $178,380
House Physician North East Ohio Group Practice, LLC Euclid, OH Dec 01, 2014 $177,395
House Physician North East Ohio Group Practice, LLC Mayfield Heights, OH Mar 01, 2013 $173,221
House Physician Huron Valley Physicians, PLLC Commerce, MI Dec 10, 2010 $166,960 -
$187,830
House Physician Huron Valley Physicians, PLLC Commerce, MI Dec 15, 2010 $166,960 -
$187,830
Psychiatry House Physician St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Cleveland, OH Feb 15, 2012 $156,525
House Physician St. Vincent Charity Medical Center MA Mar 02, 2010 $156,525 -
$75
House Physician, Psychiatric Emergency Department St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Cleveland, OH Jul 01, 2011 $156,525
Psychiatry House Physician St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Cleveland, OH Apr 01, 2012 $156,525
House Physician, Psychiatric Emergency Department St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Cleveland, OH Dec 27, 2011 $156,525
Lead Medical House Physician North East Ohio Group Practice, Ltd. Cleveland, OH Jun 20, 2011 $153,019
House Physician Ob/Gyn Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital Commerce, MI Nov 27, 2009 $146,173
Neonatal ICU House Physician Physician Affiliate Group of New York New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $130,327
House Physician Hospital of Saint Raphael New Haven, CT May 13, 2009 $130,000
House Physician Hospital of Saint Raphael New Haven, CT Aug 13, 2010 $130,000
House Physician The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Jan 10, 2016 $129,836
House Physician The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens NY Oct 01, 2010 $125,220
House Physician St. John MacOmb-Oakland Hospital Warren, MI Feb 11, 2015 $125,220
House Physician Fairview Hospital Cleveland, OH Jan 31, 2011 $125,000

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Top Skills for An In-House Physician

  1. Patient Care
  2. Surgical Procedures
  3. Emergency Room
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  • Performed emergent, inpatient care * Practice obligation
  • Assist surgeons in all surgical procedures performed within the hospital facility.
  • Assessed patients in triage and emergency room.
  • Served as an internal medicine specialist in the emergency, dialysis and cardiac care units.
  • Performed clinical histories and physical evaluations.

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