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Physicians are highly-trained medical professionals who have a lot of knowledge of how the body works and what treatments are needed to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Being a physician is not to be taken lightly, as it is a very important role in society.


Physicians may do some or all of the following

  • examine patients referred to them by other doctors
  • identify and investigate medical problems
  • advise on medical treatment
  • discuss treatment with patients
  • give medical treatment
  • refer patients to specialists and other medical professionals for treatment
  • perform standard medical tests, such as taking people’s blood pressure or performing x-rays
  • visit patients in their homes who cannot come to a clinic
  • care for emergency referral patients, such as patients with critical illnesses, or those who have had strokes or acute heart attacks
  • check and record the progress of patients
  • teach medical students and other health professionals.

Physicians need to have

  • communication and listening skills to relate well to patients and colleagues
  • analytical and interpreting skills
  • decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • organisational and time management skills
  • report writing skills
  • diagnostic skills.

Physicians need to be

  • responsible
  • able to inspire confidence in their patients, and keep information private
  • able to work well under pressure
  • aware of other cultures and their attitudes to medical treatment
  • able to stay calm in emergencies
  • fit and healthy with good hand-eye co-ordination
  • professional and reliable
  • honest and trustworthy
  • non-judgemental and good at listening
  • well-groomed with good personal hygiene

Physicians need knowledge of

  • medicines and treatments and the effect these have on patients
  • anatomy and how the human body works
  • different diseases and illnesses
  • how to access community organisations and support services
  • medical ethics and law
  • health and safety
  • new research, treatments and practices