Interview patients to understand their complaints and symptoms.
Study patients medical histories and consult with other doctors.
Provide consultation, care, and treatment for women before, during, and after their pregnancies.
Deliver babies by employing the necessary methods to protect the health of the mother and child.
Perform examinations to diagnose diseases and disorders.
Treat diseases in organs and other parts of the body.
When surgery is warranted, advise the patient of the procedures benefits and risks.
Conduct operations to treat illness or remove cancerous tissues.
Prescribe medication and therapy, and make referrals to other medical professionals.
Coordinate nurses, assistants, anesthesiologists, and specialists required for surgical procedures.
If operating a private practice, hire and manage medical and administrative staff
Maintain patient records and file reports.
Organize health-promotion and disease-prevention programs in hospitals and other institutions.
Take part in research studies involving medical techniques, treatments, and drugs.
Receive continuing education and read professional publications.