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Family Medicine (Definition)

Family medicine is a medical speciality and branch of medicine which deals with comprehensive health care to patients regardless of their age or sex, particular emphasis on the whole family it is a speciality in breath that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences. The scope encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system ...Read more


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Can doctors in a family medicine practice do surgery?

Can doctors in a family medicine practice do surgery?

Minor only: Family pactice doctor usually do minor surgery such as repair laceraton. Minor office procedures only. Some does assist in surgery as an assistant with a surgeon. Since malpractic insurance is very high even as assitant, very few fp still do assistant in surgery anymore. ...Read more

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What are the difference between doctors of family medicine and internal medicine?

What are the difference between doctors of family medicine and internal medicine?

Training + patients: They complete different residency training programs after medical school graduation. Internists specialize in medical (not surgical) care for adults, whereas family physicians care for adults, children, and may also do some obstetrics or surgery. There is more overlap with primary care internists, who may also do women's health care (but don't deliver babies or see children). ...Read more

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When should I choose a family medicine over an internal medicine doctor?

When should I choose a family medicine over an internal medicine doctor?

For the whole family: If you have children and want the whole family to receive care in the same office, you might choose a family physician. In some areas, family physicians also do some obstetrics ...Read more

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Can a family medicine doctor get certified in sports medicine?

Yes: There are many good training programs in primary care sports medicine in which a family medicine doctor, emergency medicine doctor, or a pediatrician interested in athletic injuries and conditions can train. Despite the publicity of professional athletes getting surgery, the majority of sports medicine issues do not require an operation and can be managed by nonsurgical specialists. ...Read more

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For my kids can I go to a family medicine doctor or better to see a pediatrician?

For my kids can I go to a family medicine doctor or better to see a pediatrician?

Either Way: It really all depends on preference and your level of comfort. My wife is a pediatrician and I am a family doc and we both agree that for otherwise healthy kids with the occasional illness a family doc is fine. However, I would seek pediatric care if any of your children have rare disorders or conditions as a pediatrician is more likely to have treated these during their training and practice. ...Read more

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Can a doctor specialize in family medicine and then do a fellowship in infectious diseases?

No: Internal medicine and pediatrics both have infectious disease fellowships available after their primary training is completed. This is not available to those completing residencies in family practice. ...Read more

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If a family medicine doctor discovers an ovarian cyst, at what size should the PT be referred to GYN?

If a family medicine doctor discovers an ovarian cyst, at what size should the PT be referred to GYN?

Ovarian cysts: Family medicine doctors will have different comfort levels managing basic gyn complains. Some may feel very comfortable managing benign ovarian cysts. Others may prefer to refer it out. There is not a one size that determines referral patterns. Size, pain levels, appearance on sonogram and other factors will determine referral needs. If you would like to see an Obgyn you can certainly request it ...Read more

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How many years after residency does family medicine doctor get board certified?

How many years after residency does family medicine doctor get board certified?

It depends...: On their test taking skills. Usually upon completion of the three year family medicine residency the board exam can be taken within a couple of months. ...Read more

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Do I have to see psychiatrist or can my family medicine doctor diagnose my attention disorder?

Family Doctor: Family doctors are more than qualified to diagnose and treat adhd. ...Read more

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Which one is better for family medicine doc? Job in private hospital/public sector/private practice

Which one is better for family medicine doc? Job in private hospital/public sector/private practice

Your focus: If you are dedicated to helping poor/underserved patients, perhaps a career in the public health service corps, indian health service, or at a federally qualified health center (community health center). If you would like to tailor your practice in a particular way, the private sector might be better. Finally, if you are looking for a very structured position with defined hours, hospitalist? ...Read more

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What are the differences between primary care doctors like family medicine, internal medicine and general practice.?

What are the differences between primary care doctors like family medicine, internal medicine and general practice.?

Their training: General practice usually means the doctor has completed only an internship (1 year) of hospital training after medical school. Family physicians and internal medicine doctors usually complete 3-4 years of further training after medical school and they take exams to become board certified in their specialties. All three may take care of some of the same problems, but their training is different. ...Read more

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There are a number of doctors out there so which is the most complete doctor to have? Internal medicine, family medicine etc. What is the best doctor to have as a pcp? How do you determine which doctor is best for you?

There are a number of doctors out there so which is the most complete doctor to have? Internal medicine, family medicine etc. What is the best doctor to have as a pcp? How do you determine which doctor is best for you?

Family Medicine: Family medicine doctors specialize in you! They take care of people from birth until death and deliver babies. Your care from a family doctor is provided in the context of your bio-psycho-social situation. About 90% of things you need a doctor for can be provided by a family doctor with continuity of care over time and a strong therapeutic alliance! ...Read more

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Why are "family doctors" answering multiple sclerosis questions?! I have spotted inaccurate info being given. Only a neuro answer? 's

Why are "family doctors" answering multiple sclerosis questions?! I have spotted inaccurate info being given. Only a neuro answer? 's

Part of a team: Your family doctor is usually the doc who makes the referrals and is often the one who helps treat complications, such as urinary tract infections, fatigue, associated injuries, medication reactions, and he/she keeps open the communication lines between different specialties. Coordination of medical care is critcal these days. ...Read more

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I asked the question before if rytuxin was a chemotherapy drug. 50% of the doctors said no and the other 50% said yes. So what is the true answer?

I asked the question before if rytuxin was a chemotherapy drug. 50% of the doctors said no and the other 50% said yes. So what is the true answer?

Chemo: Chemotherapy can have 2 meanings- 1st- is treatment given to kill cancer. 2nd. Many of us use chemotherapy as a term for cytotoxic chemotherapy/regular chemo. Nowadays, in addition to regular cytotoxic chemo, we also have many biological tx/antibody/targeted tx/smart pill etc. Those new therapy are not cytotoxic chemo. Rituxan (rituximab) is an atibody against cd 20-is a targeted tx-not cytotoxic chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What r t options available after doing 3yr residency in family medicine? Job opportunities/any subspecialiality

Lots of opportunity: A family medicine doctor is a primary care doctor who knows how to take care of both children and adults. There are job opportunities in every state in the U.S. For doctors with such skills. A subspecialty is not needed. ...Read more

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Any superspecialisation can be done after family medicine? Scope of family medicine¡!

Any superspecialisation can be done after family medicine? Scope of family medicine¡!

Family Medicine: The possibilities are endless. I went on to become a board certified lipidologist. My friend runs an emergency room. There are multiple subspecialties in family medicine including sports medicine and geriatrics. Just to name a few. ...Read more

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I'm torn between family medicine and general surgery. Which should I choose?

I'm torn between family medicine and general surgery. Which should I choose?

Look Closer: Not sure where you are in your education, but this decision should come pretty easily to you if you spend time w/both specialties since they are quite different (each w/ their pro's & con's). Word to the wise: follow your passion--it makes all the hard work worthwhile. ...Read more

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Is family medicine n preventive medicine r same? I think family medicine in us is parallel branch of preventive n social medicine in india. It's true?

Unfortunately: No. Preventive medicine in the U.S. Is usually physical exams, chest x-rays, colonoscopy etc. A few physicians do prevention by consideration of diet, lifestyle etc mostly medicine is directed toward cure of disease. ...Read more

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Does family medicine who specializes in ob want to see seniors?

Probably: Family medicine specialists treat people of all ages from before conception (prenatal planning) to after death (helping families deal with grief). ...Read more

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If I don't have a family doctor would I still be able to get help for FTM transitioning? If so how someone please answer

Transgendered: Hi. There is a great place to look for help. I would recommend that you go to http://www. Glma. Org. Put in your zip code and see who has some expertise in transgendered medicine. You want someone with experience if you can find them. ...Read more

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If I take my mom to family medicine clinic, can she pick up a childs germs?

Risk of Infection: Yes theoretically it is possible but in practice you need a close contact with children to get infected with their germs. The risk is more in a child to child exposure as you get older you get immunity to many common childhood infections. As long as your mum doen not come close contact the risk is very minimal as long as there is appropriate seating in the waiting room and the waiting period short. ...Read more

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How hard is it to get a fellowship in sports medicine for a family practice doctor?

How hard is it to get a fellowship in sports medicine for a family practice doctor?

They're Competitive: There are typically 10-20 applicants per spot for most fellowships. Really depends on the merits of the program. My best advice for someone trying to get one is to do a rotation with the program your interested in an then continue to show up at event coverage, mass physicals etc. Make sure they know your serious and dedicated. As a fellowship director I always found dedication impressive. ...Read more

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What is family medicine?

What is family medicine?

A Medical Specialty: Family medicine is a medical specialty focusing on the health of people from conception until death. It deals with the prevention, early detection, and management of disease at all ages. Board certified family physicians complete a residency in the specialty after medical school and engage in rigorous on-going medical education. ...Read more

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What does the speciality family medicine mean?

Care for all ages: Family medicine physicians are trained to handle 99% of the complaints that would walk through the door. We are trained in adult, geriatrics and pediatric medicine. We also learn minor surgery and hospital medicine. In some more rural areas we will be found anywhere from the er to the or. Consider a family medicine doctor if you want to be able to have your whole family cared for under one roof. ...Read more

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How do 'family medicine' and 'family practice' differ?

How do 'family medicine' and 'family practice' differ?

Speciality/Practice: Family medicine is the speciality in which the physicians are trained in, which includes training in all different phases of medicine. Family practice on the other hand is the practice of family medicine, . But in reality both are used interchangely, and is practice of family medicine the speciality. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: family medicine?

What is the definition or description of: family medicine?

Primary Care all age: Family medicine is a medical speciality and branch of medicine which deals with comprehensive health care to patients regardless of their age or sex, particular emphasis on the whole family
it is a speciality in breath that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences.
The scope encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system and every disease entity. ...Read more