Internists: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:45)
Diane House is an internist and primary care provider. Her objective is to diagnose internal diseases and give follow-up care. Patients with acute symptoms need a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Internists: Career Beginnings (00:57)
When Dr. House was a child, she had undiagnosed abdominal pain that landed her in the hospital. She was intrigued by the atmosphere; her interest in healthcare did not disappear with her pain.
Internists: Keys for Success (00:56)
Dr. House states that it takes a great deal of persistence to embark on a career in medicine. The training is long and arduous. It is hard to juggle a life and work, because being a doctor is a time demanding profession.
Internists: Education and Certification Requirements (01:44)
An internist must complete four years of medical school before becoming certified in a specialty. Finding a field of interest is helpful when choosing a residency program.
Internists: Workplace Atmosphere (02:00)
Dr. House works alone to keep business overhead down. She travels to conferences that are work related. An internist can set their own work hours when they work from a home office.
Internists: Advice for Aspiring Pros (02:06)
Dr. House recommends getting mentors. Creating a bond with other professionals helps deal with life and death situations. She advises not to get discouraged by the length of training and that an internist is not a boring occupation.
Internists: Day on the Job (02:07)
Dr. House explains that most days are similar in structure, but different in content. Scheduling is set by other people. The first part of the day is answering messages and prioritizing calls.
Internists: Industry Goals and Services (01:15)
The goal is to promote good health among all people in the country. As a primary care physician, Dr. House provides care that is convenient and affordable. She believes there are many public health issues that need to be addressed.
Internists: Industry Challenges (05:08)
A big challenge in the industry is the cost of care; hospital treatment is an exorbitant cost. Dr. House notes that health insurance can be more expensive than most working class people can afford.
Internists: Looking at the Future (01:52)
There are political power struggles between pharmaceutical companies, medical companies, and hospitals. Dr. House is confident that it is possible to provide quality care even in the current health care environment of today.
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