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Resident Medical Officer

Resident Medical Officers diagnose, treat and prevent human physical and mental disorders and injuries under the supervision of medical specialists or senior general practitioners.

Overview

Resident Medical Officers diagnose, treat and prevent human physical and mental disorders and injuries under the supervision of medical specialists or senior general practitioners.

Day-to-day

  • conducts examinations and questions patients to determine the nature of disorders and illnesses, and records patients' medical information
  • orders laboratory tests, x-rays and other diagnostic procedures, and interprets findings to assist in diagnosis
  • provides overall care for patients, and prescribes and administers treatments, medications and other remedial measures
  • monitors patients' progress and response to treatment
  • advises on diet, exercise and other habits which aid prevention and treatment of disease and disorders
  • refers patients to, and exchanges medical information with, specialist medical practitioners
  • reports births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities
  • arranges the admission of patients to hospitals.

Considerations

  • stressful.

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To become a Resident Medical Officer

  • A bachelor degree in medicine followed by a one year internship is needed before you can work as a Resident Medical Officer.

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  • Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.

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