What is a Family Doctor?
If you’re looking for a doctor who can take care of your entire family—from your newborn to your aging parents—then you just might want a type of doctor whose specialty name says it all: family doctor.
Family doctors, also known as Primary Care Physicians, are educated in all areas of medicine, which gives them the skills to care for people of all ages. After medical school, family doctors complete three years of residency. During that time they receive training in hospitals, doctor’s offices and other settings. Family doctors update their training even after they begin practicing. This keeps them current with medical breakthroughs.
Family doctors are expert in:
- Treating all organ systems and diseases.
- Providing preventive medicine to help you maintain your health.
- Managing chronic illnesses or conditions.
- Providing well-woman care, reproductive counseling and family planning.
- Caring for you as a whole person, including your mental, physical and emotional health.
- Treat all ages, including newborns, children, young adults and geriatrics.
If you have a health condition that requires a specialist, your family doctor will guide you through that process and coordinate your care.
Finding the right doctor
It’s important to choose a family doctor that you’re comfortable with. When meeting with your Primary Care Physician, be aware of whether the doctor answers all your questions in a manner you can understand and whether you feel rushed during the appointment.
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