Physician Rata

Physicians are medical specialists who provide non-surgical advice and treatment to patients referred to them by other doctors.

Physicians may do some or all of the following:

  • examine patients and investigate and identify complex medical problems
  • consult with other medical professionals about patient care and treatment
  • advise on medical treatment and discuss this with patients or their caregivers
  • provide medical treatment, check patients' progress and provide follow-up care
  • keep medical records and send final reports to general practitioners
  • care for emergency referral patients, such as patients with critical illnesses
  • teach medical students and trainee physicians
  • carry out research.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for physicians includes:

  • work in hospitals or other health-related work, such as in a clinic
  • work involving caring for people.

Personal Qualities

Physicians need to be:

  • motivated and disciplined
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to make good decisions, and solve problems
  • good time managers 
  • excellent at analysis and interpretation
  • good at report writing
  • good at communicating and inspiring confidence in others
  • understanding of other cultures' attitudes to medical treatment.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for physicians includes:

  • work in hospitals or other health-related work, such as in a clinic
  • work involving caring for people.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, health education and English.

Physicians can earn around $72K-$182K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Physician are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Physicians may progress to teach students and trainee physicians at larger hospitals. They can also become senior consultants responsible for their department, or clinical directors, combining an administrative role with a physician role.

Physicians can specialise in a number of areas, including:

Cardiologist
Cardiologists specialise in diseases of the heart.
General and Acute Care Physician
General and acute care physicians diagnose and manage conditions that may be complex, difficult to diagnose, or involve multiple organs and systems of the body.
Intensive Care Physician
Intensive care physicians diagnose and treat patients with acute, severe and life-threatening disorders of internal vital systems.
Medical Oncologist
Medical oncologists specialise in the treatment of cancer.
Neurologist
Neurologists specialise in diseases of the nervous system, including the brain.
Paediatrician
Paediatricians specialise in the medical care of infants, children and adolescents.
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