Physician-Scientist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Physician-Scientist


Jump to:

Job Description

 

Physician-scientists carry out laboratory research in addition to any other career paths they choose to pursue, including translational and clinical research, academic teaching, or treatment of patients.

This job is open to allopathic and osteopathic professionals and to both physicians and dentists.

They may work at private or group practices, academic research centers, or serve as researchers at private or public facilities related to health and medicine, such as government health departments or private pharmaceutical companies.

.

Responsibilities

 

There are many duties and responsibilities for a physician-scientist. Along with clinical duties, they must research and engage in different facets of academia to progress medical science.

A physician-scientist has two aspects to their career. They must do all the things a doctor does, which is a long list in of itself, and carry out duties of a scientist.

Their responsibilities range from:

  • Diagnosing illness

  • Treating diseases

  • Prescribing medicine

  • Observing patients

  • Specializing in an area of focus

When they switch over to their scientist duties they are responsible for complex research and lab work.

They must be able to observe and predict outcomes of experiments and use their knowledge and reason to decide in which direction they want to take their focus and how to advance medicine.

Some duties are:

  • Maintain laboratories

  • Research

  • Design experiments

  • Carry out experiments

  • Supervise staff

 If they teach, they have all the duties of a professor. They can be responsible for publishing studies, maintaining classrooms, administering tests, developing coursework, and all the other duties of a professor of academia.

A physician-scientist can basically take on three different jobs all umbrella'd under the practice of medicine. 

.

Skills

 

To be a physician-scientist you need to have a laundry list of skills. You will be splitting your time between clinical and lab duties, so it's important you posses the fire it takes to juggle so many tasks.

Some of the skills are, but not limited to, the following:

Self-Motivated

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Commitment to Continuing Education

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Empathy

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Service-Oriented

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Commitment to Advancing Science and Medicine

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Integrity

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Teaching

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Management

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

.

Working Conditions

 

Physician-Scientists enjoy many options when it comes to career choices; they can either work entirely as researchers or they can combine research and teaching, or work as a doctor and treat patients.

They frequently serve as faculty members at research centers and medical schools. With both clinical and research skills, they can also secure positions in biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies, or in government laboratories and health organizations.

.

Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
01.18.2019
Bachelors Degree in a computer-related field, Informatics, Statistics, Operations Management or Business Administration or a related field required. Masters preferred. Minimum three (3) years experience in a data analyst related position,...
10.16.2019
The Center for Business Analytics in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia is seeking applicants for a full-time research scientist position. The research scientist will work closely with the Center's faculty, primarily...
07.25.2019
Medical Lab Scientist (MLS) We Are Hiring Sacred Heart Bay Medical has an opportunity for a Medical Lab Scientist (MLS)! Schedule: Full Time, Rotating Shifts, weekend and holiday requirements. What You Will Do: As our Medical Lab...
10.16.2019
**A $1,500 retention bonus is available for this position.** Lakewood Health System is currently seeking a Full-time MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST. The Medical Laboratory Scientist performs and analyzes requested laboratory procedures and...
10.16.2019
Performs maintenance, calibration and quality control in a wide variety of clinical laboratory settings. Performs analysis on blood and other body fluids. Reviews and analyzes data from calibration, quality control and patient testing. Testing...
10.16.2019
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related...
10.16.2019
Position Title: Laboratory Scientist Department: Laboratory Job Description: General Description: Under general supervision, performs routine standardized clinical diagnostic tests in a medical laboratory. Essential Responsibilities:...
10.16.2019
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related...
10.16.2019
The Fischer Lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a Structural Biology Lab that combines molecular biology, computational biology, structural biology and chemistry with various Omics techniques to study the pathways and protein complexes...
10.11.2019
School of Medicine: Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nations top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners,...
10.16.2019
Position Title: Laboratory Scientist - Microbiology Lab - PRN Department: Laboratory Job Description: Laboratory Scientist - Microbiology Lab Shift: As Needed (PRN) OU Medicine - Oklahoma City, OK Preferred candidates for this role...
10.16.2019
Accurately and efficiently perform, evaluate appropriateness, and report tests and analyses requested on patient specimens to provide diagnostic or therapeutic information to the caregiver. Job Requirements Education Associates Degree in...
09.25.2019
Working Monday-Friday from 9:30am-6:00pm Medical Laboratory Scientist-Cytogenetics Occupational Summary: Perform complex technical work involving cytogenetic analysis of human biological material. Job duties will involve tissue culture on a...
10.16.2019
Position Title: Laboratory Scientist II Department: Laboratory Job Description: General Description: Under general supervision performs complex professional technical and analytical work in a medical laboratory. Essential...
10.16.2019
Position Title: Laboratory Scientist PRN Department: Laboratory Job Description: General Description: Under general supervision, performs routine standardized clinical diagnostic tests in a medical laboratory. Essential...
  1. Data Scientist Newark, NJ University Hospital
    Bachelors Degree in a computer-related field, Informatics, Statistics, Operations Management or Business Administration or a related field required. Masters preferred. Minimum three (3) years experience in a data analyst related position,...
  2. Research Scientist Charlottesville, Vi University of Virginia Health System
    The Center for Business Analytics in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia is seeking applicants for a full-time research scientist position. The research scientist will work closely with the Center's faculty, primarily...
  3. Medical Lab Scientist (MLS) Panama City, FL Bay Medical Sacred Heart
    Medical Lab Scientist (MLS) We Are Hiring Sacred Heart Bay Medical has an opportunity for a Medical Lab Scientist (MLS)! Schedule: Full Time, Rotating Shifts, weekend and holiday requirements. What You Will Do: As our Medical Lab...
  4. Medical Laboratory Scientist Staples, MN Lakewood Health System
    **A $1,500 retention bonus is available for this position.** Lakewood Health System is currently seeking a Full-time MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST. The Medical Laboratory Scientist performs and analyzes requested laboratory procedures and...
  5. CLINICAL LAB SCIENTIST Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health
    Performs maintenance, calibration and quality control in a wide variety of clinical laboratory settings. Performs analysis on blood and other body fluids. Reviews and analyzes data from calibration, quality control and patient testing. Testing...
  6. Scientist I Boston, MA Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related...
  7. Laboratory Scientist Oklahoma City, OK OU Medicine
    Position Title: Laboratory Scientist Department: Laboratory Job Description: General Description: Under general supervision, performs routine standardized clinical diagnostic tests in a medical laboratory. Essential Responsibilities:...
  8. Scientist I Boston, MA Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related...
  9. Scientist I Boston, MA Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    The Fischer Lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a Structural Biology Lab that combines molecular biology, computational biology, structural biology and chemistry with various Omics techniques to study the pathways and protein complexes...
  10. RESEARCH SCIENTIST Durham, NC Duke Health
    School of Medicine: Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nations top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners,...
  11. Laboratory Scientist - Microbiology Lab - PRN Oklahoma City, OK OU Medicine
    Position Title: Laboratory Scientist - Microbiology Lab - PRN Department: Laboratory Job Description: Laboratory Scientist - Microbiology Lab Shift: As Needed (PRN) OU Medicine - Oklahoma City, OK Preferred candidates for this role...
  12. Medical Lab Scientist Council Bluffs, IA Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital
    Accurately and efficiently perform, evaluate appropriateness, and report tests and analyses requested on patient specimens to provide diagnostic or therapeutic information to the caregiver. Job Requirements Education Associates Degree in...
  13. MEDICAL LAB SCIENTIST - Cytogenetics Durham, NC Duke Health
    Working Monday-Friday from 9:30am-6:00pm Medical Laboratory Scientist-Cytogenetics Occupational Summary: Perform complex technical work involving cytogenetic analysis of human biological material. Job duties will involve tissue culture on a...
  14. Laboratory Scientist II Oklahoma City, OK OU Medicine
    Position Title: Laboratory Scientist II Department: Laboratory Job Description: General Description: Under general supervision performs complex professional technical and analytical work in a medical laboratory. Essential...
  15. Laboratory Scientist PRN Oklahoma City, OK OU Medicine
    Position Title: Laboratory Scientist PRN Department: Laboratory Job Description: General Description: Under general supervision, performs routine standardized clinical diagnostic tests in a medical laboratory. Essential...