What does a Physician Scientist do?

Physicians work to care for patients in a variety of ways, from treating chronic illnesses to advising about preventative healthcare. While physician specialties might vary, the commonality across specialties is that physicians primarily work to diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses. They often do this by performing physical exams, taking medical histories, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests, and recommending a plan of treatment.

Physicians require a high level of education, which typically includes a bachelor's degree, a degree from a medical school, and an extended period of time in a residency program. In addition, all states require physicians to be licensed. Beyond licensure, many physicians take an additional test to become board certified in order to increase employment opportunities.

  • Work with the primary healthcare team to provide patients with primary medical care services within the standard of care for Internal Medicine patients.
  • Order laboratory and radiology tests and refer patients to specialists when appropriate and called for.
  • Analyze reports, test results, medical records and examinations to diagnose condition of patients and propose treatment options.
  • Prescribe pharmaceuticals, other medications, and treatment regimens to treat identified and documented medical conditions.
  • Discuss potential side effects of medication/treatment with patients and ensure that all allergy information is up-to-date before prescribing medication/treatment.
  • Provide advice to patients for lifestyle and diet changes that may improve their health or help to treat the health issue they are experiencing.
  • Adhere to departmental policies, procedures and objectives, ongoing quality improvement objectives and safety, environmental, and infection control standards.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality and comply with all federal and state health information privacy laws.
  • Record complete, timely and legible medical records.
  • Experience providing primary care and diagnostic services in a clinical setting.
  • Experience prescribing appropriate medications, treatments and health regimens to treat patient health issues.
  • Experience collaborating with specialists to explore patient health conditions and diagnose health issues.
  • Experience working in a team of healthcare professionals and collaborating with them to ensure positive, effective patient experiences with our organization.
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills.
  • We are looking for a candidate with at least 3 years of experience in a Primary Care Physician role outside of their residency and who has the following certifications:
    • D. or D. O. degree from an accredited United States medical school.
    • Successful completion of residency and at an accredited healthcare institution.
    • Board certification in primary care or related field from said residency.
    • Current Stale Medical Practitioner License.
    • Current Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Department of Public Safety (DPS) registration, for prescription writing.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Physician Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$159,371 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Physician Scientist Career Path

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Novant HealthNovant Health
Sep 23, 2019

“Patient load requirement is impossible if one desires to maintain salary guarantee after it expires.”

Harvard Medical SchoolHarvard Medical School
Feb 20, 2021

“brilliant and competent staff to support your career”

Octapharma PlasmaOctapharma Plasma
Aug 14, 2019

“The people that work there are fun and good people to work with.”

UAB MedicineUAB Medicine
Resident Physician
Jun 25, 2020

“My colleagues are some of my best friends and I respect there faculty so much.”

Mercy HealthMercy Health
Physician, Hospitalist
Oct 19, 2020

“the pay is great but not worth it”

Iowa State UniversityIowa State University
May 13, 2020

“Work can get repetitive but I didn't find that to be any issue since I was taking classes”

Ambo University
Medical Doctor
Jun 4, 2019

“Best staff team work eager to work and to learn”

Argonne National LaboratoryArgonne National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Appointee
Apr 20, 2021

“Good work and life balance”

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