Family medicine physicians, also called family practice physicians, are medical doctors
who specialize in the total health care of the individual and the family. After four
years of medical school, they complete an additional three-year residency program.
Family medicine physicians can diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions and
diseases for males and females of all ages. They may further specialize in another
area of medicine, such as the care of older adults (geriatric medicine) or people
who have sports injuries (sports medicine).
Family medicine physicians can be board-certified by the Board of Family Practice,
which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Current as of: August 21, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Peter Shalit MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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