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Preventive Medicine Physicians

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Clinical training in medical college as well as a two- to three-year residency is required before becoming a licensed preventive medicine physician. Education is ongoing in this profession and success requires staying current on research. Preventive medicine physicians must be sensitive to their patients' needs. They must have active listening skills, be understanding and helpful, and be adaptable and flexible to everyday changes in the workplace. Physicians must be analytical thinkers, able to gather and analyze information and make recommendations for treatments and solutions. They must also be honest and ethical. Interpersonal skills are important, since preventive medicine physicians work closely with patients as well as other medical professionals. Those that own their own practice must have business skills and the ability to properly supervise staff members.

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