Reasons you should have family Doctor
A family physician can be the right answer for most healthcare situations, from sudden flu symptoms, nagging back pain, an unexpected rash to chest pains and chronic conditions.
Family medicine’s goal is to nurture an ongoing, patient-centered relationship that emphasizes individualized, integrated care over the entire lifespan of the patient. If you select a doctor that meshes well with your personality, you’ve got a supportive friend for life.
Family doctors follow your life cycle starting from treating toddlers, caring for teens and people in their 20s, treating middle-aged adults, retirees and people well into their 90s; Family doctors often see these same patients for years or even decades. As such, they are the only specialists qualified to treat almost all medical conditions and provide comprehensive and preventative health care for all – from infants to the elderly.
Family Physicians training
After graduating from medical school, family physicians complete a three-year residency program in which they receive training in six major medical areas:
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Internal Medicine
- Psychiatry and Neurology
- Community Medicine.
Some go on to receive instruction in other areas including emergency medicine, ophthalmology, radiology, orthopedics, and urology.
Where does your healthcare journey start
Having a single point of contact in the often-overwhelming world of health care is very reassuring. Your primary care family physician runs interference for you and coordinates your care with other providers and subspecialists when needed. A collaborative network of physicians provides truly integrated and superior care to ensure all of your medical needs are met.
Having built up a relationship over years, they get to know your medical history inside and out. That helps us make accurate diagnoses, watch for red flags regarding medications and monitor changes in your health through the years.
But the “family” in family doctor matters, too. Seeing multiple generations of a family can help a doctor record an accurate, in-depth family health history. For example, if I know you had cancer at a young age, and so did your mother, that’s a red flag. I will recommend genetic counseling and offer a screening plan not only for you but also for other family members at risk.
Medical history is just part of the picture. Sometimes it helps to know what’s happening at home, too. When treating a child whose parent just lost a job, for instance, that information comes into play when assessing stress and anxiety.
Family doctors treat more than you think
Yes, family doctors do your yearly check-up. But we also can help you manage chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. We can treat acute situations such as sinus infections and injuries and can help you throughout a pregnancy.
When needed, we also can perform minor surgical procedures, such as freezing a wart or draining an abscess. These are but a few examples, and the list goes on.
Cancer, stroke, heart disease, asthma, and diabetes—family physicians provide ongoing and personalized care for all of our most serious chronic, degenerative diseases.