A family physician is trained to care for the whole person. Your family physician provides wellness examinations, health screenings, and counseling to prevent illnesses. Your physician is also available to you and your family for any acute illness or injury.
If a health condition needs the attention of a specialist, your family physician can guide you and coordinate all your medical care. You will have an ongoing, personal relationship with your family physician that is focused on you and your family's health care.
After graduation from medical school, family physicians complete a formal three year residency during which they receive training in:
Family physicians help you stay healthy. To develop your personal treatment plan, your family physician will ask questions about your family health history and lifestyle to determine your health risk factors. Research has shown that people who have a family physician have better overall health, lower death rates, and lower cost of care.
Family physicians follow very high standards of medical care. The American Board of Family Medicine requires recertification by examination every six years. Family physicians also are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of continuing medical education every three years.