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Transcript of Hospital Doctor
As a hospital doctor, he examines, diagnose and treat patients who have come to the hopsital or have been referred by the GP and other health professionals.
What type of environment they work within
He works in a cardiology ward, with a multi disciplinary team of nurses, patients and other professionals.
A doctor typically works very long hours and has to be available for emergencies. These hours are spent seeing patients in an office-based setting, running tests as well as interpreting them, prescribing medicine or treatments, doing rounds in the hospital, making notes on patient's physical conditions, advising patients on how to stay healthy and talking to them about further treatment. They keep up to date by taking classes and regularly reading books and medical journals.
A five-year degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC)
Two-year foundation programme of general training specialist training in your chosen area of medicine.
Typical work activities
the following responsibilities are likely to be carried out on a daily or weekly basis, regardless of the doctor's specialty:
monitoring and providing general care to patients on hospital wards and in outpatient clinics;
admitting patients requiring special care followed by investigations and treatment;
examining and talking to patients to diagnose their medical conditions;
carrying out specific procedures, e.g. performing operations and specialist investigations;
making notes and preparing paperwork, both as a legal record of treatment and for the benefit of other healthcare professionals;
working with other doctors as part of a team, either in the same department or within other specialties;
liaising with other medical and non-medical staff in the hospital to ensure quality treatment;
promoting health education;
undertaking managerial responsibilities such as planning the workload and staffing of the department, especially at more senior levels;
teaching junior doctors and medical students, as well as auditing and research.
What they consider as ‘evidence’ for diagnosis/intervention:
doctors use multiple methods that allows them to gather evidence for diagnosis/intervention.
He starts by asking about the patient’s medical history and symptoms.
A few tests will then be conducted to identify any problems. E.g. blood tests.
Your doctor will evaluate the symptoms, including, the length of illness and previous medical history.
The doctor will also conduct a complete diagnostic evaluation, including; discussing any family history and mental illness.
They follow guidelines and specific procedures.
What is a hospital doctor
Typical work activities