Rheumatologist

Rheumatologists investigate, diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and deficiencies of human joints, muscles and soft tissue.

Overview

Rheumatologists investigate, diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and deficiencies of human joints, muscles and soft tissue.

Day-to-day

  • examines patients to determine the nature and extent of problems after referral from general medical practitioners and other medical specialists, and undertakes laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures
  • analyses test results and other medical information to make diagnoses
  • prescribes and administers drugs, as well as remedial and therapeutic treatment and procedures
  • records medical information and data
  • reports specified contagious and notifiable diseases to government health and immigration authorities
  • may admit or refer patients to hospitals
  • may consult other medical specialists.

Considerations

  • stressful.

Occupation snapshot
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To become a Rheumatologist

  • Medical practitioners who want to specialise as a Rheumatologist can apply for a fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

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  • Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.

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