Family Medicine

family-medicine

Family medicine is medical care for the entire family. Family medicine doctors treat all people, from birth through death, and they often treat every member of a family. Like internal medicine doctors and pediatricians, family medicine doctors are primary care providers who offer a wide variety of care and refer to and coordinate with specialists when necessary.

Because family medicine doctors care for all age brackets, children do not have to change doctors when they turn 18, and adults don't have to move from an internal medicine doctor to a geriatric physician when they grow older. Family medicine encompasses the entire spectrum of care through the life span, and it includes:

  • pediatrics
  • adolescent medicine
  • adult medicine
  • geriatric medicine

Family medicine doctors go through at least three years of residency after graduating from medical school. Their family medicine residency includes training in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, community health and medicine, and psychiatry and neurology. They also train in emergency medicine, radiology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, and urology. They are the jack-of-all-trade of medicine, able to care for people of all ages who have a wide variety of conditions.

Training and practice in family medicine gives doctors a unique perspective. Because family medicine doctors often care for all members of a family from multiple generations, they don’t have to rely on each patient to provide a family history - they provide care for that family and have first-hand experience with that history.

Family medicine doctors can offer preventive and routine care, management of chronic illness, and diagnosis of and treatment for diseases and conditions; and they provide health and wellness counseling as part of preventive care.


FAMILY MEDICINE LOCATIONS

Beaumont family doctors are closer to you. We have locations in:

  • Belleville
  • Canton
  • Dearborn
  • Farmington Hills
  • Garden City
  • Newport

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Treating your illnesses competently and promptly is only part of the care a family physician provides. They also:

  • provide prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care
  • serve as your primary
    health advisor
  • help you prevent illnesses before they occur
  • understand many of the personal and social factors that keep
    you well
  • understand the effect of your health or illness on other aspects of your life
  • help your family cope with the effects of illnesses on other family members
  • assist you and your family in obtaining other medical and community resources if needed
  • provide family medical care, including geriatrics, sports medicine, dermatology, obstetrics, newborn medicine and pediatrics