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:
- 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
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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: