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Become A Staff Physician

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Working As A Staff 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

  • $175,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Physician Do

A Staff Physician oversees and directs the work of physicians and mid-level practitioners, and assists in internal quality control audits. They are also responsible for making diagnoses and prescribing specialized treatment plans.

How To Become A Staff 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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Staff Physician Demographics


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  • White

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  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Tamil

  • Italian

  • Bulgarian

  • Telugu

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Hindi

  • Korean

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Real Staff Physician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Physician-Neurosurgery Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jun 09, 2015 $700,000
Associate Staff Physician (Neurosurgery) Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH Mar 01, 2015 $500,000
Staff Physician Medical College of Wisconsin Weston, WI Mar 10, 2016 $425,000
Staff Physician, Cardiac Surgery Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC May 23, 2016 $425,000
Staff Physician Ohio Emergency Professionals, Inc. Findlay, OH Jun 10, 2015 $417,400
Staff Physician Findlay Emergency Physicians Inc. Findlay, OH Jun 25, 2015 $417,400
Staff Physician/Surgeon Iowa City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Iowa City, IA Jan 08, 2016 $401,351
Staff Physician Northwell Health New York, NY Nov 15, 2016 $400,000
Staff Physician Northwell Health New Hyde Park, NY Nov 14, 2016 $400,000
Staff Physician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $377,246
Staff Physician Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH Jan 10, 2016 $372,500
Staff Physician/Interventional Cardiologist GUAM Healthcare Development, Inc. Aug 03, 2015 $370,000
Staff Physician Robert J. Dole, Va Medical Cener Liberal, KS Jan 30, 2016 $230,780
Staff Physician (Nocturnist) Saint Francis Medical Group, Inc. Hartford, CT Jan 26, 2016 $229,500
Staff Physician (Pulmonary, Crit Care, Intervtl Pulmonology Western Connecticut Medical Group, Inc. Danbury, CT Jun 23, 2015 $226,242 -
Staff Physician, Neurologist Medstar-Georgetown Medical Center, Inc. Washington, DC Jul 28, 2016 $225,000
Staff Physician (Block Hospitalist) Saint Francis Medical Group, Inc. Hartford, CT Jan 15, 2016 $224,400
Staff Physician (Surgical Oncology) Roswell Park Cancer Institute Buffalo, NY Jun 30, 2015 $224,400
Staff Physician (Block Hospitalist) Saint Francis Medical Group, Inc. Hartford, CT Jul 01, 2016 $224,400
Staff Physician (Block Hospitalist) Saint Francis Medical Group, Inc. Hartford, CT Jan 21, 2016 $224,400
Staff Physician-Family Medicine International Health Providers, LLC Nov 14, 2016 $180,000
Associate Staff Physician Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH Apr 29, 2015 $180,000
Staff Physician Baycare Medical Group New Port Richey, FL Jul 06, 2015 $180,000
Staff Physician, Nephrology Phoenix Children's Hospital Phoenix, AZ Jan 07, 2016 $180,000
Staff Physician Medstar Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC Dec 31, 2015 $180,000
Staff Physician (Intensivist) Iowa City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Iowa City, IA Sep 06, 2015 $179,941
Staff Physician Iowa City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Iowa City, IA Oct 11, 2016 $178,146

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Top Staff Physician Skills

  1. Internal Medicine
  2. Outpatient Clinic
  3. Emergency Room
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • EXPERIENCE Cascade Internal Medicine 3915 Cascade Road Suite 330
  • Manage daily operation of outpatient clinic to include medical assistants, radiology staff and ancillary services.
  • Admitted patients at the clinic and emergency room; monitored inpatients; reviewed cases with staff, weekly case discussions.
  • Provided full spectrum of family practice, occupational, and urgent care to a diverse patient population.
  • Provided patient care in the areas of HIV/AIDS, general primary care, transgender medicine and sexual health screening and treatment.

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