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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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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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What does the speciality family medicine mean?

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

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What's family medicine? What they do? What is d future n scope in it? Pls reply fast. Is family medicine is good branche? Waiting for quick reply.

Treats whole family: A family doctor is trained to treat the whole family, from babies to the elderly and deals with every health issue, unlike specialists who only treat certain issues. Ideally family doctors pay attention to families as a unit and how each family member's health may affect other family members. Thus, family doctors have a holistic perspective, looking at the whole person in context of environment. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a family medicine Dr. And an internal medicine Dr.? What's better for routine check ups?

Training: Family medicine doctors train in all ages of life and usually handle all general medical questions. They perform annual exams for women and can deliver babies.

Internal medicine doctors usually don't have ob/gyn training. Internal medicine is the basis for a lot of other medical specialties like neurology, nephrology, cardiology, etc. So, it depends on your needs. ...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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Family medicine what causes cysts in the liver and in the thyroid?

Family medicine what causes cysts in the liver and in the thyroid?

Cysts: Cysts in the liver and in the thyroid are not related. Both are usually benign conditions. Most liver cysts are due to hemangioma blood collection and are usually benign. Some complex cysts need further evaluation. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Pls help me which is best branch pulmonary medicine n family medicine? I have to opt one please help me fast

Follow your interest: These are two different pathways that involve rather different patient populations. Hopefully you have had some rotations that exposed you to what those in each area do on a daily basis. If you are truly drawn to family medicine, and can see yourself doing it for decades, go that way. You could come back to pulmonology later. If fascinated by pulmonary, go that route. Follow your interests. ...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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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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How would my pcp (family medicine) treat anxiety and/or ptsd

Benzo, referral: Usually a pcp will treat anxiety by prescribing a benzodiazepine ("benzo") tranquilizer such as valium or ativan (lorazepam). Ssri antidepressants might be a better choice but aren't as often used by pcps for anxiety. Ptsd can't really be treated in this setting. Referral to a mental health professional is optional (but often a good idea) with anxiety, and necessary for ptsd. ...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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What is the difference between family medicine, internal medicine and general practice residency?

What is the difference between family medicine, internal medicine and general practice residency?

Family medicine etc.: Family medicine encompasses pediatrics ob/gyn and adult medicine. Internal medicine is medicine for adults. General practice less specialized training. ...Read more

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What is the difference between speed of getting in to see family medicine, internal medicine and general practice?

What is the difference between speed of getting in to see family medicine, internal medicine and general practice?

Depends on location: In many parts of the country, internal medicine physicians are in short supply and it can take longer to get an appointment with an internist than with a general practice doctor or a family physician. However, internists often see more medically complex patients and if you are in that category, it will be worth the wait unless it is an emergency. ...Read more

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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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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 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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Can a family medicine doctor get certified in sports medicine?

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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What kind of doctor should I find to be my pcp? Family medicine? Internal medicine?

Both r great!: I think they are both perfectly acceptable choices! I'm an internist. ...Read more