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What does a Physician do?

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Answered March 01 2021
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A Physician is a highly trained medical professional who can help their patients with various problems based on their specialized practice and if they chose to continue their studies in a subspeciality. For example, some Physicians will pursue further education after medical school, earning an advanced Physician title such as a Pediatrician or Dermatologist.  
Physicians, also known as Doctors, will carry out various tasks depending on their patients' needs. The ultimate goal for Physicians is to improve their patients' health and overall quality of life. They must spend many years studying medicine and human anatomy, which will prepare them for any incident. When unable to provide the required assistance to a patient, Physicians can refer them to a specialist instead. For example, a general Physician may require X-rays, which should be reviewed by a Radiologist, or send a patient to see an Oncologist with more in-depth knowledge and treatment options for cancer.   
Roles & Responsibilities for a Physician
  • Reviewing patients’ medical history and medications, as well as identifying and listing their symptoms
  • Coordinating with any other Physician the patient might be seeing
  • Diagnosing diseases, injuries, and other health disorders 
  • Conducting routine checkups and/or physical examinations
  • conducting or ordering tests (e.g., laboratory tests, ultrasounds, electrocardiograms, and x-rays)
  • Operating and monitoring medical equipment 
  • Prescribing and administering appropriate treatments (e.g., medication, surgery, diet, and/or exercise), in accordance with diagnoses, and referring the patient to a Specialist Physician for further examination and/or treatment, as needed
  • Providing anesthesia prior to performing and/or assisting in routine surgery or referring patients to a more specialized Surgeon, as needed
  • Providing medical assistance to patients in cases of emergency
  • Ensuring patients follow treatments and seeking signs of improvement for their health condition
  • Instructing and counseling patients and their relatives, educating them about the disease and its proper maintenance
  • Monitoring patients’ conditions closely by maintaining records and assigning Nurses to look after them
  • Making changes in the line of treatment if the condition doesn’t improve
  • Managing an interdisciplinary health team and instructing them on how to implement, coordinate, and evaluate patient care
  • Complying with safety standards at all times, taking precautionary measures to avoid infection and contamination
  • Participating in health promotion and disease prevention programs, sometimes being involved in lectures and conferences
  • In some cases, participating in budget preparation and other financing and business-related activities