Family medicine physicians diagnose, treat, and provide preventive care to individuals and families across their lifespan. They may refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.
Family medicine physicians provide medical care to all members of the family, regardless of age or sex. They treat most ailments and provide comprehensive health care.
Family medicine physician assistants treat, evaluate, and help prevent diseases, illnesses, and injuries by providing holistic care, requesting, performing, and interpreting clinical and diagnostic tests. They advise on needed health care and monitor patients' records and progress. They are a patient's first contact for health concerns. Even if a specialist is needed, the family practice doctor can recommend qualified specialists and then work with them to monitor prescriptions and progress.
The patient-physician relationship focuses on integrated care. Family medicine physicians' jobs are to treat not just acute and chronic illnesses, they provide routine health screenings and counselling on lifestyle.
A family practice doctor undergoes a minimum of three years of speciality training (beyond medical school) in primary care, including in-depth coverage of adult and paediatric medicine, preventive care and OB care. The necessarily required skills include healthcare, urgent care, internal medicine, patient care and health system. The family medicine physician's salary depends on the skill and experience of the same.
To be successful, a family medicine specialist requires certain essential skills like energy, compassion, a passion for saving lives, being a problem solver, the ability to communicate well, and excellent leadership skills.
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