Due to the wide variety of specialisations in the medical industry, the day-to-day tasks you can expect to perform will vary, depending on where you work and your area of specialisation.
As a general medical practitioner, you’ll spend the majority of your time with patients. You can expect to perform tasks like asking patients questions, observing patients’ signs, taking their histories and consulting with records to determine illness and injury. You’ll perform simple tests, diagnostic checks and procedures, prescribe medicine and recommend diet, exercises and lifestyle changes. As medicine becomes increasingly specialised, you’ll be required to maintain up-to-date knowledge of specialists to refer your patients to.
Working as a specialist in a hospital setting or private practice, you’ll also be required to consult with patients. However, you’ll be performing tasks like conducting ward rounds, consulting with registrars and other doctors, monitoring and adjusting written treatment plans, performing procedures, performing diagnostic tests, requesting and analysing pathology samples, demonstrating for junior doctors, working at an outpatient clinic, liaising with other doctors and administrative staff, and consulting with patients’ families.
You’ll also have opportunities to conduct research in your role, helping to contribute to the growth of our medical knowledge.