Illustration of a doctor in an exam room working on a computer

You might hire a doctor to:

  • Be the primary care provider for children
  • Treat patients undergoing cancer, brain injuries, or a pandemic

  • Evaluate X-rays or set or perform surgery on broken bones

  • Diagnose and treat skin conditions, heart conditions, or diabetes
  • Map out a preventative care plan for a patient population
  • Join or lead a private medical practice, or a medical team at a hospital or healthcare system

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree or equivalent Proven leadership excellence
Experience in a residency program Training in a medical specialty
Board certification Proven ability to collaborate effectively with medical professionals
State licensure and specialty certifications if relevant Strong organizational skills
Proven clinical experience as a primary care provider Fluency in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Mandarin/Cantonese, Arabic, American Sign Language, or another language
Superior communication skills and personable demeanor Empathy and strong interpersonal skills