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Become A Physiatrist

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Working As A Physiatrist

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $225,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Physiatrist Do At SUNY Downstate Medical Center

* Provide specialized care in the treatment of patients requiring musculoskeletal medicine regardless of their insurance coverage
* Provide on-call coverage to the Rehab Unit
* Perform committee work at the University Hospital
* Teach medical students, nurses, physician�s assistants and residents
* Adhere to all compliance regulations, licensure requirements, and federal and state regulations
* Adhere to the By
* Laws of the medical and dental staff of the University Hospital of Brooklyn
* Participate in basic science and clinical research in the area of Rehab Medicine, Musculoskeletal physiatry and Sports Medicine
* Participate in the supervision, mentoring and clinical training of PM&R residents and staff
* Participate in the education of students from the College of Medicine and the College of Heath Related Professions
* Participate in the community outreach educational activitiesDUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE ABOVE POSITION DESCRIPTION
* All successful candidates must undergo various background checks, maintain credentials required for continued employment and adhere to the SUNY
* DMC UHB Principles of Behavior.
* Clinical Faculty and Allied Health professionals must receive and maintain Medical Board authorization

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How To Become A Physiatrist

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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Physiatrist Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Korean

  • Spanish



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Real Physiatrist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Physiatrist Greenville Hospital System Greenville, SC Jul 01, 2010 $430,000
Physiatrist Pikeville Medical Center, Inc. Pikeville, KY Jan 05, 2016 $300,000
Physiatrist Albert Lea Medical Center-Mayo Health System Albert Lea, MN Sep 16, 2009 $284,000
Physiatrist United Hospital Center, Inc. Clarksburg, WV Mar 10, 2010 $280,000
Spine Physiatrist Physician Wisconsin Michigan Physicians S.C. Niagara, WI Oct 15, 2009 $275,922
Spine Physiatrist Physician Wisconsin Michigan Physicians S.C. Niagara, WI Jan 24, 2010 $275,922
Spine Physiatrist Wisconsin Michigan Physicians, Sc Niagara, WI Jan 12, 2010 $250,000
Physiatrist (Physical Medicine & Rehab) Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Sep 15, 2016 $235,000
Attending Physiatrist The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Herrin, IL Jan 27, 2016 $230,000
Physiatrist Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center Sioux Falls, SD May 26, 2016 $230,000
Physiatrist Avera McKennan Sioux Falls, SD Aug 01, 2014 $230,000
Physiatrist (Physical Medicine & Rehab) Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Feb 18, 2016 $225,000
Physiatrist Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Mar 01, 2015 $225,000
Physiatrist Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME Jul 31, 2016 $220,000
Physiatrist The Aroostook Medical Center Presque Isle, ME Jul 01, 2015 $205,000 -
Physiatrist Northeast Medical Group, Inc. New Haven, CT Feb 12, 2015 $185,000
Physiatrist Northeast Medical Group, Inc. New Haven, CT Jul 01, 2014 $185,000
Physiatrist Northeast Medical Group, Inc. New Haven, CT Jul 28, 2014 $185,000
Physiatrist Va Northern Indiana Health Care System Marion, IN Sep 03, 2011 $182,436 -
Physiatrist Group Health Plan, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Jan 08, 2010 $165,000 -
Physiatrist Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME Nov 20, 2014 $161,000
Physiatrist Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME Sep 05, 2013 $161,000
Physiatrist Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME Sep 05, 2010 $161,000

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Top Skills for A Physiatrist


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Top Physiatrist Skills

  1. Physical Medicine
  2. Outpatient Clinic
  3. Compensation Injuries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Saw 15-20 patients per day providing them with a diagnosis and treatment for different diseases related to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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