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what is the difference between family medicine, internal medicine and general practice. ?

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Dr. Siranush Cholakian
Holistic Medicine 34 years experience
The type of training: Family medicine- completed 3 years residency program after graduating from medical school during which time they rotate/work through different specialty clinics, units and hospitals. Internal medicine-completed 3 year residency program during which they rotate through internal medicine hospital units and clinics. General practice- starting to practice medicine after graduating from med school.
Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Specialty training: General practice doctors typically do not have board certification. Both internal medicine doctors and family practice physicians complete a three year residency which educates them on the various types of patients they will encounter in practice. Internal medicine physicians primarily treat adults, family practice physicians treat adults, children, and pregnant women.

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