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Working As An Internal Medicine Doctor

  • 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

  • $196,520

    Average Salary

What Does An Internal Medicine Doctor Do At Washington University of St. Louis

* Performs collection follow-up duties on specific financial classifications such as commercial insurance, self-pay, Medicare and Medicaid claims
* Makes collection calls to insurance companies and patients to ensure timely payment of claims
* Reviews remittance advises for rejection and accuracy of payment amounts
* Verifies accuracy and completeness of charge tickets, monitors attachments for claims to obtain maximum reimbursement
* Contacts insurance companies regarding posting payments and collection agencies regarding payment reports
* Responds to questions and requests from insurance companies
* Supports customer service unit in answering billing and collection questions
* Acts as back-up support for Accounts/Receivable staff during peak times, vacations/illnesses
* Assists with training of co-workers

What Does An Internal Medicine Doctor Do At National Coalition of Healthcare Recruiters

* Provides patient centered medical care to clients-families of all ages in accordance with standards of professional ethics and practice, NCQA guidelines, AMA standards of care and WWBH hospital privileging standards and UCFS policies and procedures ; Meets documentation standards; analyzes records, reports, test results or examination information to diagnose patient medical condition; ensures patient communication with clinical findings, recommendations and treatment plansProvides continuity of care for clients and families through participation in on-call rotation; when appropriate, provides care in the acute care setting in which one has admitting privileges and provides back up coverage for other primary care providers; Makes referrals and follows up on education, counseling and self-care management strategies
* Ensures that special and holistic needs of clients-families are met through utilizing preventive health screening, treating common health problems, referring to specialists, utilization of primary care team members and other providers of care (i.e., dental behavioral health etc.), participating in interdisciplinary case conferencing and collaborating with other departments within UCFS and the communityIdentifies and responds to potential and-or high-risk situations inclusive of notification of such agencies as Department of Elderly Affairs, Department of Children and Families as appropriate; participates in the development of health risk management protocols;Participates in the organizational plan for clinical operations, including but not limited to, identification of activities designed to respond to community health need, epidemiological trends, access issues, etc

What Does An Internal Medicine Doctor Do At Cleveland Clinic

* Conducts thorough medical histories, performs complete physical examinations (where indicated), initiates appropriate lab, radiology tests or other special tests required for evaluation of illness, and scrutinizes lab data on new and former clinic patients and hospital admissions to establish a record of the patient's current health status and to develop a working diagnosis and treatment plan.
* Must be able to work with collaborating physician.
* Performs and interprets, at least to the point of recognizing deviations from normal, common laboratory, radiologic, cardiographic and other routine diagnostic procedures used to identify pathophysiologic processes as privileged by CCF Credentialing Board.
* Performs routine procedures such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, managing simple conditions produced by infection or trauma, assisting in the management of more complex illness and injury which may include assisting surgeons in conducting operations and taking initiative in performing evaluation and therapeutic procedures in response to life-threatening situations, as privileged by CCF Credentialing Board.
* May prescribe and monitor medications as allowed by prescriptive authority through applicable state Board of Nursing/Medicine and CCF policy.
* Performs specialized procedures, including bone marrow aspirations, biopsies and harvest, blood draws, designated IV starts, spinal taps, thoracentesis and paracentesis as well as other specific procedures as directed by the physician, following approval by CCF Credentialing Board.
* Provides information and answers routine questions of patients regarding their disease, including preventive health maintenance topics such as diet, weight, smoking and topics related to medical specialty, with basic recommendations.
* Educates patients regarding their disease, treatments, related drug and treatment side effects and hazards.
* Participates in medical team rounds; collaborates with nursing, medical and other healthcare team members regularly to ensure quality patient care
* Refers patients to specialists as appropriate for consultation or for specialized health resources and treatment.
* Ensures continuity of care by serving as a liaison between patient and other members of the multi-disciplinary care team or with other specialty areas as necessary.
* Performs research follow-up studies.
* Assists in data analysis.
* Participates in quality monitoring thru the review of records and treatment plans for patient outcomes on a periodic basis to assure quality care.
* Facilitates appropriate length of stay, discharge planning and compliance with regulatory standards for inpatient management.
* May serve as clinical preceptor for PA/APRN students and other health professionals.
* May serve as Faculty for onboarding new employees.
* Demonstrates a high standard of moral and ethical behavior.
* Demonstrates compassion and professionalism and a commitment to excellent patient care.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does An Internal Medicine Doctor Do At Presbyterian Healthcare Services

* Makes all professional medical judgments in the care of patients seen
* Manages and oversees the physician/patient relationship
* Participates in system wide health management initiatives
* Provides input into the practice site s financial, clinical, and service quality performance; budget; capital plan; and personnel issues
* Assists in the development and implementation of clinical and service standards
* Receives and resolves patient complaints
* Participates in the recruitment and replacement of other providers

What Does An Internal Medicine Doctor Do At Washington University of St. Louis

* Leads design of databases for modules of larger projects, monitoring progress to ensure timely completion of deliverables
* Helps determine appropriate architecture, and other technical solutions, and makes relevant recommendations to the project manager or clients
* Works with clients, project managers, finance and business managers, and designers in migrations of applications and databases to new environments
* Communicates to the project manager with efficiency and accuracy any progress and/or delays
* Coordinates with Information Security Office on assessing the risk of the database environments and appropriate controls to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the information
* Tests applications to ensure performance and capacity plans meet expectations, including performing index tuning, query writing, and optimization
* Designs and develops application database structure, tables, entity relationships, and security privileges
* Ensures designs make efficient use of network and database resources
* Coordinates work with other team members for application development, business management, administration, information security and network administration to ensure that architecture, functionality, and design are consistent with all information technology strategies
* Researches and evaluates new technology, products, specialized hardware and tools to optimize development and functionality of websites and applications
* Performs other duties as assigned

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How To Become An Internal Medicine 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.


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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Internal Medicine Doctor Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Vietnamese

  • French

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Korean

  • Italian

  • Khmer

  • Mandarin

  • Ukrainian

  • Marathi

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Gujarati

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

  • Navajo

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Real Internal Medicine Doctor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Internal Medicine-Rheumatologist Borgess Medical Center Kalamazoo, MI Dec 18, 2014 $220,000
Internal Medicine Doctor Ghosh Center for Oncology and Hematology, LLC Cedar Rapids, IA Sep 13, 2014 $220,000
Internal Medicine/Pediatric Specialist The Monroe Clinic, Inc. Monroe, WI Jun 12, 2011 $200,000
Doctor of Internal Medicine Affinity Health Group, LLC Monroe, LA Mar 10, 2014 $185,000
Doctor of Internal Medicine Affinity Health Group, LLC West Monroe, LA Mar 10, 2014 $185,000
Internal Medicine and Emergency Phyisician Palmetto Hospitalists Associates, Pa Aiken, SC Nov 15, 2011 $185,000
Internal Medicine and Emergency Phyisician Palmetto Hospitalists Associates, Pa Aiken, SC Feb 01, 2012 $185,000
Internal Medicine and Emergency Phyisician Palmetto Hospitalists Associates, Pa Barnwell, SC Feb 01, 2012 $185,000
Internal Medicine/Rheumatologist Laconia Clinic, P.C. Laconia, NH Oct 01, 2009 $180,918
Internal Medicine Generalist Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Inc. Columbus, OH Dec 16, 2009 $154,000
Internal Medicine Doctor Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Inc. Boston, MA May 29, 2010 $150,000
Doctor of Internal Medicine Waianae District Comprehensive Health and Hospital Board Inc. Waianae, HI Jul 01, 2015 $140,000
Doctor of Internal Medicine Waianae District Comprehensive Health and Hospital Waianae, HI Jul 01, 2012 $135,000
Fellow In Internal Medicine/Hematology Oncology Public Health Trust Miami, FL Jun 23, 2012 $57,815
Upper Year Medical Resdient (PGY), Internal Medicine Abington Memorial Hospital Abington, PA Jun 24, 2016 $57,600 -

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Top Skills for An Internal Medicine Doctor


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Top Internal Medicine Doctor Skills

  1. Internal Medicine
  2. Lab Results
  3. Electronic Medical Records
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create new spreadsheets and log all information for the Internal Medicine/Surgery residency program for the past 50 years.
  • Interacted with patients and examined lab results to further understand how to make a diagnosis.
  • Interviewed patients to obtain medical information, weight and height measurements and vital signs.
  • Visited the clinic for a month and accompanied and observed the doctor on rounds
  • Performed complete history and physical exams, and participated in decision making during hospital rounds.

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