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Become A Pulmonary Physician In San Antonio, TX

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Working As A Pulmonary Physician In San Antonio, TX

  • $229,666

    Average Salary

What Does A Pulmonary Physician Do At Executive Staff Recruiters

* Diagnosis and treat lung diseases and diseases of the respiratory tract.
* Manage the care of chronic respiratory diseases.
* Coach patients on management of their illness, by making lifestyle changes or learning coping strategies to minimize their reliance on medications.
* Assess a patient's ability to withstand the stresses of surgery, and help the surgeons create a breathing-management strategy for each patient.
* Offer palliative care such as breathing machines and oxygen to patients in the advanced stages of emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic illnesses

What Does A Pulmonary Physician Do At Catholic Health Initiatives

* Outpatient clinic and ICU coverage/ICU call responsibilities.
* Understand, support, and implement the mission of the facility to deliver health care to those in need in the performance of all job responsibilities.
* Ensure that patient care meets or exceeds the facility quality standards.
* Ensure that patient satisfaction meets or exceeds standards set by the facility.
* Educate patients on both clinical and managed care.
* Participate in clinic and network task forces as requested and appropriate.
* Function as an effective clinic team member.
* Meet productivity standards.
* Effectively use clinic financial and other performance information

What Does A Pulmonary Physician Do At Unitedhealth Group

Provide care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of pulmonary related health problems Compliance with all coding and documentation requirements Practice evidence based medicine See patients in outpatient & inpatient settings Inpatient practice involves consulting and managing patients in ICU and floors Outpatient practice involves managing the patients with chronic respiratory diseases, including asthma, emphysema, COPD, tuberculosis, lung cancer & other pulmonary disorders

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How To Become A Pulmonary 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.


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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Real Pulmonary Physician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Physician/Pulmonary/Critical Care Medical Experts of Texas, P.A. Lewisville, TX Jan 07, 2015 $350,000
Physician/Pulmonary/Critical Care Medical Experts of Texas, P.A. Denton, TX Jan 01, 2016 $350,000
Physician/Pulmonary/Critical Care Medical Experts of Texas, P.A. Denton, TX Jul 01, 2015 $350,000
Physician/Pulmonary/Critical Care Medical Experts of Texas, P.A. Corinth, TX Jul 01, 2015 $350,000
Physician/Pulmonary/Critical Care Medical Experts of Texas, P.A. Lewisville, TX Jul 01, 2015 $350,000
Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician Texas Intensivists Network, PLLC Denton, TX Jan 06, 2016 $350,000
Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician South Texas Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates Corpus Christi, TX Aug 01, 2012 $325,000
Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician Valley Pulmonary Group, PLLC McAllen, TX Jul 15, 2012 $325,000
Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician Valley Pulmonary Group, PLLC Mission, TX Jul 15, 2012 $325,000
Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician Valley Pulmonary Group, PLLC Weslaco, TX Jul 15, 2012 $325,000

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Top Skills for A Pulmonary Physician


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Top Pulmonary Physician Skills

  1. Mechanical Ventilation
  2. Clinical Teaching
  3. Cprs
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