Family practitioners are concerned with the total health care of the individual and the family, and are trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of illnesses in patients of all ages. Family medicine providers receive a broad range of training that includes internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and geriatrics. The scope of their practice includes children and adults and may include obstetrics and minor surgery.
Family practice physicians are uniquely trained to care for you as a whole person, regardless of your age or sex. In addition to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, your family physician provides routine health screenings and counseling on lifestyle changes in an effort to prevent illnesses before they develop. And, if a health condition arises that requires care from another specialist, your family physician will be there to guide you and to coordinate all aspects of your care. You and your family physician will work together to achieve the best possible outcome in the most cost-effective manner.
Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person. They treat each organ, every disease, all ages and both genders. The cornerstone of family medicine is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
Following medical school, family physicians complete a formal three-year residency during which they receive training in several major medical areas and patient populations: