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Become A Primary Care MD

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Working As A Primary Care MD

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

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Primary Care MD Do At Highmark Health

* Assist the provider in navigating the EHR and entering information into the EHR as directed by the provider. (10%)
* Respond to various messages as directed by the provider. (10%)
* Locate information for review (i.e., previous notes, reports, test results and laboratory results.
* Researching information requested by the provider. (10%)
* List all proper diagnoses and symptoms as well as follow up instructions and prescriptions as dictated by the provider. (25%)
* Transcribe patient orders including laboratory tests, radiology tests, medications, etc. (25%)
* Document any procedures performed by the physician. (20%)
* Perform other duties as assigned or required

What Does A Primary Care MD Do At Kaiser Permanente

* Deliver competent urgent or emergent nursing care to a diverse patient population of all ages, acuities and conditions within the population served by the facility.
* Administer all prescribed medications and treatments, using all routes of administration.
* Monitors patients receiving these medications and treatments.
* Perform or assist with patient procedures and perform therapeutic interventions for a variety of conditions, including set up, and post procedure recovery/education.
* Administer medications for procedural sedation; monitor and recover patients undergoing procedural sedation.
* Respond to life-threatening emergency situations using Advanced Cardiac Life Support and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support protocols and algorithms.s and treatments.
* Perform basic cardiac monitoring including identification of cardiac arrhythmias.
* Perform thorough triage of patients presenting for care in order to accurately assess patient condition and determine priority for treatment.
* Formulate a goal-directed plan of care in collaboration with the other members of the health care team.
* Utilize, maintain, troubleshoot, asses, and remove PICC and other central venous access lines.
* Assess, plan, implement patient/family teaching to promote compliance with medical regimen and improve patient outcomes.
* Coordinate patient flow and direct other clinical support staff in the delivery of patient care within the unit, including serving as a resource for other staff members when needed.
* Complete duties efficiently, always maintaining safe practice and policies, including infection control, workplace safety, and management of aggressive behaviors.
* Act as a patient advocate to intervene in member services complaints/issues as they arise in order to maintain high quality patient satisfaction.
* Escalates unresolved issues to clinical manager when appropriate.
* Participates in Code Blue and Rapid Response Teams.
* Perform other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Primary Care MD

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Primary Care MD Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • French

  • Spanish


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Real Primary Care MD Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Primary Care Doctor Maryland Medical First, P.A. Parkville, MD Mar 31, 2012 $175,000
Primary Care Doctor Maryland Medical First, P.A. Baltimore, MD Jun 30, 2013 $170,000 -
Primary Care Doctor Community Health Services Fremont, OH Nov 30, 2015 $165,000 -
Primary Care Doctor Maryland Medical First, P.A. Baltimore, MD Nov 30, 2012 $165,000 -
Primary Care Doctor Maryland Medical First, P.A. Baltimore, MD Nov 30, 2011 $160,000 -
Primary Care Doctor Maryland Medical First, P.A. Baltimore, MD Jul 11, 2011 $160,000 -
Primary Care Doctor Cornell Scott Hill Health Corporation West Haven, CT Jan 15, 2011 $158,000

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Top Skills for A Primary Care MD


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Top Primary Care MD Skills

  1. MDS
  2. Care Plan Meetings
  3. Primary Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform mds assessments, develop care plans, and enter assessment to the state for reimbursement.
  • Participated in resident care plan meetings
  • Staff Nurse/Chemo Certified/Primary Care/MDS/Unit Manager/Director of
  • Performed injections, throat cultures, EKGs, spirometry tests, and urinalysis and glucose tests.
  • Take vital signs, draw blood, utilize electrical medical devices, and conduct testing on various lab machines.

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