Diagnoses and provides non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provides care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Treats internal disorders, such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and problems of the lung, brain, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract.
- Prescribes or administers medication, therapy, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.
- Explains procedures and discusses test results or prescribed treatments with patients.
- Manages and treats common health problems, such as infections, influenza and pneumonia, as well as serious, chronic, and complex illnesses, in adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
- Analyzes records, reports, test results, or examination information to diagnose medical condition of patient.
- Provides and manages long-term, comprehensive medical care, including diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases, for adult patients in an office or hospital.
- Collects, records, and maintains patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
- Makes diagnoses when different illnesses occur together or in situations where the diagnosis may be obscure.
- Monitors patients' conditions and progress and reevaluates treatments as necessary.
- Advises patients and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.