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What exactly do family physicians do?

What exactly do family physicians do?

Some do it all:: Surgery, deliver babies, sports physicals, check ups, and refer to colleagues when matters areabove their level of expertise, knowledge or what they feel safe doing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me a family physicians working conditions.

Can you tell me a family physicians working conditions.

Highly variable: Some work only in office with receptionist, med tech; some have nurse(s); some have nurse practitioner or physician's assistant; many also see patients in hospital &/or nursing homes. Depending on complexity of cases, docs may see between 15 - 50 or more pts a day. Some do minor procedures like removing skin lesions. Many do female pelvic exams & general/sports/drivers physicals. More but no space. ...Read more

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What is a typical day in the life of family physicians?

What is a typical day in the life of family physicians?

It varies: While I am not a family physician, i know that most doctors, in general, work more than 40 hrs per week. In addition, most doctors have to "take call, " for stuff which occurs after hours. I might say that dermotologists may have the best lifestyles among most physicians. I think most family practioners have an office based practice. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Do family physicians treat infants too?

Do  family physicians treat infants too?

Family docs: May be board certified and trained, and know how all of the body systems and organs work. They almost always know their limitations and when to ask for consults from specialists. They also know when to send to a peditrician. ...Read more

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Is yoga often recommended by family physicians as a way to heal mental health problems?

Is yoga often recommended by family physicians as a way to heal mental health problems?

Sometimes: Yoga can be beneficial in helping one reduce stress and anxiety. However, it is only one of many things that are recommended to "heal mental health problems." it certainly is worth a try and has very low risk of harm. See your doctor for other recommendations as well. ...Read more

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Do family physicians have a duty to check the functionality of the vital organs of patients?

Do family physicians have a duty to check the functionality of the vital organs of patients?

Yes: If there's a strong family history of any serious medical condition e.G heart attack, diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer, it's worth mentioning to your primary doctor and be pro-active about this so he/she can order regular blood testing or diagnostic work-up specific for a particular body system. Be frank and mention to your doctor of any lingering symptoms so appropriate work-up can be done. ...Read more

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Is it normal for family physicians should be trained in the use of alternative/complementary medicine?

WOW ! No.: This is almost impossible to answer.The curriculum for a new dr is incredibly hard and to ask for them to advocate for unproven and possibly harmful practice is unreasonable.That said-i hope you can find an older and more seasoned dr who can help you navigate the a/cm maze and find treatments that are safe and effective for you. ...Read more

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Are family physicians trained in alternative medicine?

Are family physicians trained in alternative medicine?

Not Necessarily: The basic requirements for family medicine training are uniform around the country and there is little required training on alternative treatments. However, specific training programs may provide more background and training in this area. ...Read more

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What is the role of family physicians after health care reform passed?

What is the role  of family physicians after health care reform passed?

Family physicians: Family physicians in my opinion are the cornerstone to you health. In the healthcare reform they will have a greater role. However, keep in mind there will definitely be a shortage of doctors. ...Read more

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Are family physicians be trained in complimentary or alternative medicine?

Are family physicians be trained in complimentary or alternative medicine?

Mostly not.: The definition of complimentary and alternative medicine is slippery.I am a D.O., doctor of osteopathic medicine, and many M.D.'s consider my practice of manipulation, and philosophy of body self healing to be apocryphal(not accepted).I adhere to evidence based medicine as much as any dr.-but even the evidence isn't that firm.We learn more even day.Gsk told use Paxil (paroxetine) was safe in kids, not. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a primary care physicians and a family physicians?

Family physician is : A type of primary care doc. Could also b a pediatrician, a general internist or an ob. ...Read more

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Do family physicians have the responsibility to check functionality of vital organs of patients?

Do family physicians have the responsibility to check functionality of vital organs of patients?

Yes they do: Family physicians are trained to check, diagnose and treat functions of all vital organs.If there are any complicated cases they will refer the patient to appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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Do people go to the cleveland clinic for "regular' things like they would go to a primary / family physicians?

Absolutely: The physicians at the Cleveland Clinic have a very large integrated Family medicine program, and Internal medicine program. If you live in Cleveland, sometimes you may be able to get an appointment on the same day as long as you call before noon. ...Read more

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Can a family physician work in a hospital?

Can a family physician work in a hospital?

Family physician: Yes, family physicians can get privileges to work in hospitals. This is more common in rural areas than big cities. These days it is common for a hospitalist to take care of theverything patients in the hospital. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a pcp and a family physician?

What is the difference between a pcp and a family physician?

All family: Doctors are pcp's, but not all pcp's are family docs...Some are internists, ob-gyn's and sometimes i even do this undervalued work. ...Read more

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Can a family physician help with mental illness or do I need to see a specialist?

Can a family physician help with mental illness or do I need to see a specialist?

Often the first step: Family physicians can certainly help with some mental illnesses. When these are more severe, complex, or the initial trials of medicines don't work, they generally refer to psychiatrists. Also, a family physician will most likely not be doing psychotherapeutic treatments -- which are very important in many psychiatric conditions. Some have done combined fp/psychiatry residencies, though. ...Read more