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Become A Preventive Medicine Physician

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Working As A Preventive Medicine Physician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $79,470

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Preventive Medicine Physician does

  • Conducted health surveys to identify and evaluate health hazards to provide Medical surveillance of high-risk workers.
  • Researched and gathered scientific information on TB and HIV/AIDS research from diverse sources.
  • Published book review in Fundamentals of Public Health.
  • Supervised technical and administrative functions of various preventive medicine activities.
  • Supervised all training and evaluations of Environmental Health Technicians.
  • Inspected or evaluated workplace environments, equipment, or practices to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations.
  • Administered urgent primary care to clinical emergency patients.
  • Advise on communicable disease control, health care maintenance, educational offerings, and psychosocial support services.
  • Write Finding/Recommendations for all Deficiencies as comply with Federal Regulations (CFR).

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How To Become A Preventive Medicine Physician

Nuclear medicine technologists typically need an associate’s degree from an accredited nuclear medicine technology program. Technologists must be licensed in about one half of the states; requirements vary by state.

Education

Nuclear medicine technologists typically need an associate’s degree in nuclear medicine technology. Bachelor’s degrees are also common. Some technologists become qualified by completing an associate’s or a bachelor's degree program in a related health field, such as radiologic technology or nursing, and then completing a 12-month certificate program in nuclear medicine technology.

Nuclear medicine technology programs often include courses in human anatomy and physiology, physics, chemistry, radioactive drugs, and computer science. In addition, these programs include clinical experience—practice under the supervision of a certified nuclear medicine technologist and a physician or surgeon who specializes in nuclear medicine.

The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology accredits nuclear medicine programs. Graduating from an accredited program may be required for licensure or by an employer.

High school students who are interested in nuclear medicine technology should take courses in math and science, such as biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physics.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

As of 2015, about half of all states required nuclear medicine technologists to be licensed. Requirements vary by state. For specific requirements, contact the state’s health board.

Most nuclear medicine technologists become certified. Although certification is not required for a license, it fulfills most of the requirements for state licensure.

Some employers require certification, regardless of state regulations. Certification usually involves graduating from an accredited nuclear medicine technology program. Certification is available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).

In addition to receiving general certification, technologists can earn specialty certifications that show their proficiency in specific procedures or on certain equipment. A technologist can earn certification in positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology (NCT), or computed tomography (CT). The NMTCB offers NCT, PET, and CT certification exams.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Nuclear medicine technologists work with computers and large pieces of technological equipment and must be comfortable operating them.

Analytical skills. Nuclear medicine technologists must understand anatomy, physiology, and other sciences and be able to calculate accurate dosages.

Compassion. Nuclear medicine technologists must be able to reassure and calm patients who are under physical and emotional stress.

Detail oriented. Nuclear medicine technologists must follow exact instructions to make sure that the correct dosage is given and that the patient is not overexposed to radiation.

Interpersonal skills. Nuclear medicine technologists interact with patients and often work as part of a team. They must be able to follow instructions from a supervising physician.

Physical stamina. Nuclear medicine technologists must stand for long periods and be able to lift and move patients who need help.

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Preventive Medicine Physician Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    62.5%
  • Male

    31.3%
  • Unknown

    6.3%

Ethnicity

  • White

    75.7%
  • Asian

    13.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.7%
  • Unknown

    0.9%
  • Black or African American

    0.1%
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Languages Spoken

  • Russian

    100.0%

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Top Skills for A Preventive Medicine Physician

DiseasePreventionPreventiveMedicineInspectionsPublicHealthCommunicableDiseaseControlEnvironmentalHealthPatientCareClinicalEmergencyPatientsHIVControlOperationsActiveTBCommunityHealthEffortsSTDResearchProjectEnsureComplianceServesAdministrativeFunctionsVitalSignsOutpatientSettingPhysicalAssessmentsHealthPromotion

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Top Preventive Medicine Physician Skills

  1. Disease Prevention
  2. Preventive Medicine Inspections
  3. Public Health
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Published book review in Fundamentals of Public Health.
  • Advise on communicable disease control, health care maintenance, educational offerings, and psychosocial support services.
  • Conducted environmental health and safety inspections, survey and control operations, and assisted with various laboratory procedures.
  • Administered urgent primary care to clinical emergency patients.
  • Researched and gathered scientific information on TB and HIV/AIDS research from diverse sources.