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Working As A Senior Physician

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

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $45,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Physician Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Support and assist field operations and physician services in seeking solutions to physician issues.
* Quote, price and underwrite malpractice risks for HCI with emphasis on profitability.
* Examine documents such as application forms, med records and claim forms to classify risks and determine appropriate physician insurance rates.
* Conduct the annual physician rate analysis.
* Manage insurance issues in assigned states, Patient Compensation Fund activity and annual insurance renewals.
* Manage compliance of the risk management continuing education requirements for contracted physicians.
* Manage the contracted physician renewal process.
* Assist the Director of Insurance and department as needed

What Does A Senior Physician Do At Fairview Health Services

* Responsible for providing care to patients and residents at designated sites and facilities as assigned.
* Ensures clinical excellence at respective sites and facilities through quality patient experience, operational excellence and clinical excellence.
* Checks daily with Medical Care for Seniors Office Manager or designee regarding new patients.
* All transitional care unit patients are to be seen within three days (some require same-day visits) and all nursing home patients must be seen within ten days.
* Appropriately codes and provides timely completion of all charge tickets representing the professional services rendered to patients, the appropriate level of documentation of such services noted in the patient’s medical record to support such coding, and physician’s full compliance with all approved policies and procedures related to such processes

What Does A Senior Physician Do At Kaiser Permanente

* The Physician Assistant will practice as part of a team under the direction of their supervising physician.
* Primary Duties will be inclusive of the following but not limited to:
* Examines patient, performs comprehensive physical examination, and compiles patient medical data, including health history and results of physical examination.
* Administers or orders diagnostic tests, such as imaging studies, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests, and interprets test results for deviations from normal.
* Performs therapeutic procedures such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and managing infection.
* Performs other department specific diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
* Develops and implements patient management plans, records progress notes, and assists in provision of continuity of care.
* Instructs and counsels patients regarding compliance with prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance and other relevant patient education.
* Based upon Specific Specialty, additional duties may include the following:
* Facilitate admissions, transfers, discharges
* First assist in surgeries or perform procedures as applicable
* Round on inpatients
* Performs admission evaluation on patients to include: obtaining basic medical information and history, reviewing patient's medical record, performing physical exam, documenting findings into patient medical record, and reporting deviations from normal findings to attending physician.
* Provides patient and family with pre-operative/pre-procedure and other pertinent education.
* Answers questions regarding surgery or procedures, recovery and risk factor modification; provides blood transfusion information as applicable; performs peri-operative procedures; locates and utilizes diagnostic images, instruments and pertinent patient information.
* Reviews patient chart noting allergies, pertinent medical history, and abnormal physical findings.
* Assists in performing surgical procedures and other procedures consistent with the standards of care and practice guidelines:
* Depending on the specialty, may work as the First Assist during surgical procedures, start IV's, and/or perform suturing.
* Performs post-operative procedures to include entering standard post-operative orders into patient medical records; assists physicians with evaluation and management of patient's status during recovery; reviews vital signs, laboratory and diagnostic studies; assists with management of patients.
* Facilitates patient discharge; dictates discharge and transfer summaries in a timely manner.
* Other Duties
* The Senior Physician Assistant provides a high level of clinical and operational expertise and may function as a mentor to less experienced Physician Assistants.
* May collaborate with the supervising physician, manager and other department members on performance improvement activities

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How To Become A Senior 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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Senior Physician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Uzbek

  • Turkish

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Real Senior Physician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Global Medical Affairs (GMA) Physician (LCS) Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals NJ Sep 18, 2015 $248,745
DIR., SR Global Medical Physician, Ophthalmology Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Brookfield, NJ Jan 15, 2011 $240,000
Physician (Senior Associate Consultant) Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Sep 01, 2014 $224,500
Senior Clinic Physician Joslin Diabetes Center, Inc. Boston, MA Jan 04, 2010 $170,019
Senior Physician Florida State Hospital Chattahoochee, FL Feb 07, 2011 $127,500
Senior Physician Florida State Hospital Chattahoochee, FL Feb 10, 2011 $127,500

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Top Skills for A Senior Physician


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Top Senior Physician Skills

  1. Compliance Recommendations
  2. Primary Care
  3. Medical Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • General primary care of inpatient psychiatric patients.
  • Provide primary medical care for the medically uninsured/indigent population of Palm Beach County, FL
  • Directed and coordinated activities of medical staff.
  • Maintained accurate medical records and documented patient case history in detail.
  • General Internal Medicine responsible for inpatient hospital care of state prisoners.

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