Family Physicians Deliver on Personalized Care
Anyone who has ever needed the advice of a doctor knows that having a trusted physician is paramount to maintaining good health. Have you ever wished there was one place you could go to have all your health concerns addressed? If so, see your local family physician.
Unlike many physicians who specialize in treating one particular organ or disease, family physicians are uniquely trained to care for you as a whole person - regardless of your age or gender. Research has shown that people who have an ongoing relationship with a primary care physician have better overall health outcomes, lower death rates, reduced rates of infant mortality and lower total costs of care.
Family physicians receive extensive training in many specialized areas, including pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry and neurology. When patients require treatment a primary care physician cannot provide, they can depend on their family physician to coordinate care among other health professionals to achieve the best possible outcome in the most cost-effective manner.
All family physicians are required to adhere to the highest standards of medical care. To maintain certification with the independent licensing board, the American Board of Family Medicine, family physicians must pass a comprehensive recertification exam every six years and complete a minimum of 150 hours of continuing medial education every three years. In addition, they are supported by the American Academy of Family Physicians, a national medical association that provides high-quality learning opportunities for physicians.
You can count on your family physician to provide routine health screenings, risk assessments and counseling in an effort to prevent illnesses before they develop. To learn more about what a family physician can do for you, visit www.familydoctor.org.
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