55-Specialist medical practitioners

Job Title: 

Specialist medical practitioners

Job Description: 

Diagnose and treat physical and mental diseases and disorders using specialist testing, diagnostic, medical and surgical techniques.


Specialist medical practitioners (medical doctors) diagnose, treat and prevent illness, disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans, using specialized testing, diagnostic, medical, surgical, physical and psychiatric techniques, through application of the principles and procedures of modern medicine. They specialize in certain disease categories, types of patient or methods of treatment and may conduct medical education and research in their chosen areas of specialization. They practise in a range of special interest areas including anesthesiology, dermatology, gynecology and obstetrics, internal medicine, ophthalmology, paediatrics, pathology, psychiatry, radiology and surgery.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • conducting physical examinations of patients and interviewing them and their families to determine their health status
  • considering medical information provided by a referring doctor or other health care provider
  • ordering specialized diagnostic tests to determine the nature of disorders or illnesses
  • prescribing, administering and monitoring patients? responses to treatments, medications, anaesthetics, psychotherapies, physical rehabilitation programmes and other preventive and curative measures
  • performing surgery of a general or specialized nature
  • managing complications before, during and after childbirth
  • recording patients? medical information and exchanging information with other health professionals to ensure the provision of comprehensive care
  • reporting births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities to meet legal and professional requirements
  • providing information to patients and families and communities about preventive measures, treatment and care for specific ailments
  • performing autopsies to determine cause of death
  • conducting research into specific human disorders and illnesses and preventive or curative methods and disseminating the findings such as through scientific reports
  • planning and participating in programs designed to prevent the occurrence and spread of specific diseases

Comprehensive and detailed knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Highly specialized knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Detailed knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Detailed knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Detailed knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Advanced knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Advanced knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively managing highly complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, executive information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Advanced skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and generate high-level recommendations and/or alternative scenarios
  • Manage high level relationships and coordinate related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Substantial skills and experience in high level policy analysis, formulation and research, plus strategic planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Conceptualize and convey strategic indications from the spectrum of development experience
  • Advanced negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support high-level and highly complex work achievement
  • Manage sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop innovative solutions to highly complex, unpredictable and unfamiliar problems
  • Communicate with authority and influence, and a proven record of developing and maintaining effective partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed specialist oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to develop, initiate, implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively manage risks associated with change, as well consistently and sensitively manage highly complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to develop and establish new policy directions
  • Highly developed advanced organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    Specialist medical practitioners sometime have to deal with unpleasant conditions due to a patient?s illness or injury. Deploying strict hygiene practices is critically important. Depending on their area of specialization may have to work long, demanding and irregular hours. This may include working on weekends and at night or being on call 24 hours a day. They are involved in a wide range of activities including consultations, attending emergencies, performing operations and arranging medical investigations. As well as caring for patients, medical practitioners work with many other health professionals, and may participate in, and undertake research. They may also be required to be registered or licensed with a relevant government authority or agency. Specialist Medical Practitioner typically require completion of supervised postgraduate training, administered by a relevant professional authority / body / agency and undertaken through an accredited facility, in a specific area of interest or equivalent and to be recognized as a competent performer. May require membership to a relevant professional body.


    Post graduate degree in a relevant specialized field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    10 Years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, Al Mafraq Hospital, Tawam Hospital, Mubadala Health Care

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Higher than the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Anaesthetist - Cardiologist - Emergency medicine specialist - Gynecologist - Obstetrician - OphthalMoLogist - Pediatrician - Pathologist - Preventive medicine specialist - Psychiatrist - Radiologist - Resident medical officer in specialist training - Specialist physician (internal medicine) - Surgeon
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Industrial medicine specialist - Occupational medicine specialist - Public health physician - Anthropologist - Cardiac technologist - Consultant physician - Life scientist - Medical imaging technologist - Natural therapist - Osteopath - Pathologist - Psychiatrist - Speech pathologist - Surgeon - Biomedical researcher - Dental practitioner - Dental surgeon - Oral and maxillofacial surgeon - Clinical psychologist - Epidemiologists

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Community, health and social services
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi