What is a Family Physician

Family physicians, through education and residency training, possess distinct attitudes, skills, and knowledge which qualify them to provide continuing and comprehensive medical care, health maintenance and preventive services to each member of the family regardless of gender, age, or type of problem, be it biological, behavioral, or social. These specialists, because of their background and interactions with the family, are best qualified to serve as each patient’s advocate in all health-related matters, including the appropriate use of http://essayonlinewriter.com/edit-my-paper/ consultants, health services, and community resources.

A “specialist” in Family Medicine is a physician who meets at least one of the following three criteria:

  1. Current Board certification by the ABFM
  2. Successful completion of an ACGME-approved family medicine residency program, or a three year AOA approved postgraduate Family Medicine residency program
  3. Maintenance of eligibility requirements for active membership in the AAFP.

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