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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.

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.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Communication Skills

  • Paediatrics

  • Patient Care

  • Surgery

  • Research

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