Learn about what a physician does, the employment prospects in Ontario and the rewards of the job.
Doctors work to improve the health and well-being of individuals. A physician evaluates symptoms, runs tests to diagnose a patient’s condition and then prescribes medication or treatment to remedy the illness or injury. A physician also counsels patients and/or members of the community on how to prevent illness. For example, a doctor may be involved in a local campaign to stop smoking. Family doctors are general practitioners that are often a patient’s first point of contact, whereas specialists (such as cardiologists or obstetricians) focus on one area of care. Physicians need to be good communicators, committed to their work and have a desire for lifelong learning.
Physicians can choose to practise in a variety of settings, including solo or group practices, family health teams, hospitals, community care centres, public health units, academic research centres, labs, private industry and government. Increasingly, physicians work collaboratively with other types of heath care providers in interprofessional teams to deliver quality care.
Job prospects are excellent in Ontario. Baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are beginning to retire and there is a growing demand for physicians in underserviced areas of the province, including rural and northern locations. In short, the province needs more doctors, especially family doctors. Doctors can find available positions by searching HFOJobs.
A physician’s job offers a great deal of career satisfaction. The rewards include:
Find out more about becoming a doctor.