What does a Internist do?
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An internist treats and manages patients over a long period of time. They diagnose and provide 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 become a medical practitioner and 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 at least 2 years in prevention, diagnosis, and nonsurgical treatment of adult diseases in outpatient settings.
It is possible you may need additional education 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
An internist’s treatment plans are nonsurgical and they primarily treat adults. Internists act as practitioners or as consultants on behalf of their patients and work closely with other medical professionals concerning their patient’s preventive care and in managing any disorders through hospitalization and medication treatment. Internists can work in a hospital or office setting.
According to O*Net, the main work activity of an internists includes:
- 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.