What does an Internist do?
An internist treats and manages patients over a long period of time for complex or common disorders. Their duties include diagnosing and providing care for a variety of internal organ system disorders that include the respiratory, circulatory, central nervous system, and digestive tract in addition to immune system and infectious diseases.
How to Become an Internist
To become an internist you must be knowledgeable in the different organ systems and trained as a medical practitioner. You must go through the same process as a doctor. You must earn a bachelor’s degree, take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to gain admissions into medical school, and complete a residency program that focuses a least 2 years in prevention, diagnosis, and nonsurgical treatment of adult diseases in outpatient settings.
It is possible you may need additional continue to specialize in specialty areas. You must also be licensed through the Medicine Board Certification Examination to practice as an Internist.
Job Description of an Internist
Internist’s treatment plans are nonsurgical and they primarily treat adults. They work very closely with other medical professions in the care of their patients concerning risks, preventative care, and managing these disorders through hospitalization and medication treatment. This can occur in a hospital or office setting. Internists act as practitioners or as consultants on behave of their patients.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average salary of this profession is $190,530 with a growth rate of 3.1%.
According to O*Net, the main work activity of Internists include:
- Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
- Treat chronic diseases or disorders.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Diagnose medical conditions.
- Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.