Preventive Medicine Physicians
On the Job
Preventive Medicine Physicians specialize in preventing diseases. They may work with entire populations or communities. They often supervise the work of physicians, nurses, office or hospital staff, or statisticians. They may identify groups at risk of certain conditions or diseases, and develop plans to reduce those risks.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
- Gather medical information from patient histories.
- Analyze quantitative data to determine effectiveness of treatments or therapies.
- Communicate health and wellness information to the public.
- Present medical research reports.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Direct healthcare delivery programs.
- Manage healthcare operations.
- Supervise patient care personnel.
- Train medical providers.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having telephone conversations.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Working with a group or team.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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