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Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Physiatrists have extensive education and training before they even begin their medical practice. Clinical training in medical college as well as the three- or four-year physical medicine and rehabilitation residency provides the greatest practical experience before physiatrists become licensed physicians. This is a profession where education is ongoing and success requires staying current on research. The job requires strong knowledge of various disorders, diseases, and injuries, and treatment options and preventive health-care measures. Physiatrists must have clear communication skills and be able to listen carefully to patients and discuss their conditions and treatment recommendations in ways that they can understand. The ability to collaborate with other medical professionals and care-team members is essential in this work. Physiatrists who open their own practice must have business skills and the ability to manage and oversee the work of their medical team.

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