What does an Internal Medicine Physician do?

Internal medicine physicians employ non-surgical methods and procedures to diagnose and treat patients’ medical conditions. They consult with patients to understand their symptoms and health concerns and diagnose and treat acute illnesses including bacterial or viral infections and chronic diseases and conditions including hypertension, heart disease, or diabetes. They prescribe or administer medication, therapy, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury. They administer immunizations, explain procedures, and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.

Internal medicine physicians maintain detailed patient notes and write patient referrals when necessary. They research the testing and development of new medications, treatment methods, or procedures to prevent or control illness, disease, or injury. Internal medicine physicians need a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, three-to-seven years of internship and clinical residency training, specialization in internal medicine, and successful completion of the internal medicine certification examination, and certification by the board of internal medicine.

Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Internal Medicine Physician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$126,629 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Internal Medicine Physician Career Path

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Internal Medicine Physician Insights

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American Family CareAmerican Family Care
Internal Medicine Physician
Feb. 14, 2021

“Clinic was new and close to home”

Call Escalation Group
Nov. 30, 2020

“down amazing and the compensation is fair.”

The Co-operativeFoodThe Co-operativeFood
The Co-operative Group
Jun. 4, 2021

“Good team to work with”

IM Specialist
Oct. 30, 2021

“Good people to work with”

Mayo ClinicMayo Clinic
Resident - Internal Medicine
Apr. 24, 2021

“Good work life balance for residents”

IM Manager
Jun. 17, 2019

“Limited career development opportunities for senior leaders”

St. Joseph's Hospital Health CenterSt. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
Internal Medicine Physician
Oct. 23, 2019

“Fair good work life balance”

Kaiser Permanente Washington
Internal Medicine Physician/Hospitalist
Jan. 23, 2021

“Excellent Physician Retention Strategies Maintained.”

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