See patients on a regular basis in a medical office to monitor health, consult about health and health-related lifestyle, administer preventative medicine, and diagnose and treat any medical issues. May refer patients to specialists for further treatment. Prescribe medications and order tests when needed. Keep detailed records and follow guidelines set by law and insurance. Explain health conditions and treatments to patients, monitor their health during treatment, and keep knowledge current by reading medical publications and attending conferences. Often includes components of mental health. In contact with patients and exposed to illness.