CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Internists, General

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Internists, General
Summary Job Description Tasks
Physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs. Treat internal disorders, such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and problems of the lung, brain, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract.
Analyze records, reports, test results, or examination information to diagnose medical condition of patient.
Prescribe or administer medication, therapy, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.
Provide and manage long-term, comprehensive medical care, including diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases, for adult patients in an office or hospital.
Manage and treat common health problems, such as infections, influenza and pneumonia, as well as serious, chronic, and complex illnesses, in adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
Make diagnoses when different illnesses occur together or in situations where the diagnosis may be obscure.
Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.
Advise patients and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.
Immunize patients to protect them from preventable diseases.
Advise surgeon of a patient's risk status and recommend appropriate intervention to minimize risk.
Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.
Provide consulting services to other doctors caring for patients with special or difficult problems.
Operate on patients to remove, repair, or improve functioning of diseased or injured body parts and systems.
Plan, implement, or administer health programs in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention and treatment of injuries or illnesses.
Conduct research to develop or test medications, treatments, or procedures to prevent or control disease or injury.
Prepare government or organizational reports on birth, death, and disease statistics, workforce evaluations, or the medical status of individuals.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Internists, General
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Internists, General
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Internists, General
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Internists, General
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Allscripts Professional EHR Medical software
Billing software Accounting software
Brickell Research Brickell Medical Office Medical software
ChartWare software Medical software
Email software Electronic mail software
Epocrates Essentials Medical software
GE Healthcare Centricity EMR Medical software
Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSuite software Medical software
MedMath Medical software
MedcomSoft software Medical software
Medical reference software Information retrieval or search software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Misys Healthcare Systems Mysis Tiger Medical software
Practice Partner Total Practice Partner Medical software
Practice management software PMS Medical software
SOAPware software Medical software
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
Web browser software Internet browser software
e-MDs software Medical software
e-MDs topsE&M Coder Medical software
eClinicalWorks software Medical software
Adult Magill forceps Intubation forceps
Angiocaths Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
Auditory testing equipment Auditory function screening units
Automated external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
Blood collection syringes Blood collection syringes
Colposcopes Colposcopes or vaginoscopes or accessories
Cryosurgical units Cryosurgery equipment or accessories
Dermal curettes Surgical curettes or loops
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dictation equipment Dictation machines
Dressing forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
Ear curettes Otological instruments or accessories
Ear forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
Electrocardiography EKG machines Electrocardiography EKG units
Electronic blood pressure units Electronic blood pressure units
Electrosurgery units Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
Flexible fiberoptic endoscopes Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products
Glucometers Glucose monitors or meters
Holter monitors Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems
Laboratory specimen containers Specimen collectors
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Manual blood pressure units Mercury blood pressure units
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
Medical examination protective gloves Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves
Medical lasers Surgical lasers or accessories
Medical tuning forks Medical tuning forks
Microscope slides Microscope slides
Mosquito clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
Nasogastric tubes Nasogastric tubes
Neurological hammers Reflex hammers or mallets
Operating scissors Surgical scissors
Ophthalmoscopes Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
Orthopedic splints Orthopedic splint systems
Otoscopes Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
Personal computers Personal computers
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Pulse oximeters Pulse oximeter units
Snellen eye charts Eye charts or vision cards
Spirometers Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
Splinter forceps Floor grade forceps or hemostats
Suction catheters Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories
Suction machines Medical suction or vacuum appliances
Surgical scalpels Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
Suture forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
Suture scissors Suture removers
Tablet computers Tablet computers
Ultrasound bone density scanners Medical ultrasound bone densitometers
Ultrasound imaging scanners Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
Vaginal exam specula Vaginal exam specula
Valve mask resuscitators Resuscitation masks or accessories
Vision screeners Binocular vision test sets or accessories
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Internists, General
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
Required Level of Education Post-Doctoral Training
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Internists, General
Alternate Job Title(s)
Attending Physician
Clinic MD Associate (Clinic Medical Doctor Associate)
Emergency Medicine Physician
Emergency Room Doctor (ER Doctor)
General Internal Medicine Doctor
General Internal Medicine Physician
General Internist
Internal Medicine Doctor
Internal Medicine Physician
Medical Director
Medical Doctor (MD)
Physicians and Surgeons
Primary Care Physician
Pulmonary Physician
Trauma Doctor
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Internists, General
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