Nature of the work
A family physician is concerned with the total health care of the individual and the family and is trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of ailments in patients of all ages. The family physician receives a broad range of training that includes adult medicine and care of the aged, the care of children, women's health, maternity care, preventive medicine, and behavioral science. Special emphasis is placed on the primary care of families, utilizing consultants, and community resources when appropriate.
Family physicians can receive training in the following subspecialties:
The residency training for family practice is three years. An additional year of training is required to be certified in a subspecialty.
The annual salary ranges from approximately $175,000 to $220,196.