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
Family medicine physicians can be board-certified by the Board of
Family Practice, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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