How to write a Physician job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Physician job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Physician job titles

    Managing Physician
    Primary Care Physician
    Physician (Part-Time)

Physician job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Physician job summary

Research shows that patients value Physicians who spend time with them and express genuine concern about their ailments and quality of life. That’s what we’re looking for: a Physician who can contribute compassionate, patient-centered care in our internal medicine practice. If you enjoy getting to know your patients on a personal level, we’re interested in meeting with you. We run a laid-back but highly efficient office and we help one another with our work loads when necessary. Each of our physicians commits themselves to practicing mindful medicine and treating patients like people rather than numbers. We offer excellent salary and benefits to qualified candidates.

Physician responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Physician responsibilities

    Develop a roster of patients by providing compassionate, holistic care
    See patients daily in the office and visit them in hospital settings when required
    Maintain accurate and detailed medical records about each patient, including observations during examinations
    Comply with all laws applicable to internal medicine, including HIPAA
    Prescribe medication or therapy when necessary
    Recommend lifestyle changes as appropriate to improve quality of life
    Explain all medical procedures thoroughly
    Explain test results and provide patients with plan of care details
    Consult with other doctors about each patient’s specific needs

Physician qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Physician skills

    Current and valid provincial medical licence required
    No board sanctions or actions in last 10 years
    3+ years’ experience as practicing internist or primary care physician
    Excellent bedside manner and time management skills
    Experience treating lifestyle-related disorders preferred

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