Family medicine has been recognized as a medical specialty by the American Medical Association and the American Board of Medical Specialties since 1969.
Comprehensive training includes three years of residency.
Family physicians are leaders in quality of care: family medicine was the first medical specialty to require recertification for continued membership.
Unlike other specialists, family physicians' training focuses on the whole person, not just body systems or specific diseases.
Family physicians are trained to manage the vast majority of ailments
No other specialist has the myriad skills necessary to diagnose and treat such a wide variety of illnesses.
The special value of family physicians lies in their unique ability to care for both sexes and all members of the family.
Training includes obstetrics, gynecology, baby deliveries, infant and child care, care for adults, surgery, emergency medicine, sports medicine and orthopedics, psychiatry, geriatrics, skin diseases, disease prevention and public health.
Family physicians are trained to coordinate and manage complex medical problems
Family physicians are uniquely able to guide patients through the often bewildering medical system.
Family physicians are trained to serve as patients' advocates.
Family physicians are trained to select the best subspecialists for patients.
Family physicians are the specialist of choice for half of America