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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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Dr. John Cheng
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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 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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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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Do you know any family medicine or general practice or imternist docs in greater atlanta area who an can do a rigid or flex sigmoidoscopy in office?

Do you know any family medicine or general practice or imternist docs in greater atlanta area who an can do a rigid or flex sigmoidoscopy in  office?

Ask family doc: Your family doctor is usually a good first line of information on good doctors. In general, a GI endoscopy is best done by a GI endoscopist (not general practitioner). Online searches may be a good start as well. ...Read more

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How do a general practitioner, family practice, and internal medicine differ?

Family medicine : The difference is in training. Family medicine usually focused more in outpatient. Internal medicine training training focus more on inpatient with some emphasis on outpatient. ...Read more

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Go to a general practitioner or a psychologist for family issue?

Go to a general practitioner or a psychologist for family issue?

Probbly Psychologist: I would find a psychologist or family therapist & ask for a brief phone consult to briefly discuss the issues, enough to determine who should come to the first session... ...Read more

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What does it take to become a family vs general practitioner?

What does it take to become a family vs general practitioner?

GP vs FPr: A family practice residency for a family practioner. General practice requires an internship but does not require a residency. ...Read more

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What should i be looking right now at age 17, and in high school if i want to become a general practitioner or family doctor?

What should i be looking right now at age 17, and in high school if i want to become a general practitioner or family doctor?

LotsOfDifferentAreas: with an emphasis on the basic sciences: physics, chemistry, biochemistry, math, along with engineering (living creatures are the ultimate engineered creations), computer sciences/programming, etc. along with psychology, history (including of both science & medicine). Study great physicians, William Osler, Ben Carson, etc. Knowledge of music & art, additional areas of human focus also helpful. ...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?

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. James Lin
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General Practitioners (Definition)

General practitioners are medical professionals that do not provide specialist care. In certain countries this term may ...Read more