What is Family Medicine?
Learn about this medical specialty and the family medicine services provided.
Family Medicine is the specialty involving the healthcare of patients from birth through adult life. A Family Physician's training involves medical school, a residency program specifically designed to prepare the physician for family care and a Specialty Board Examination leading to Certification in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). To remain certified, a Family Physician must complete a minimum of 50-hours of Continuing Medical Education each year and must retake the Certifying Exam every seven years. The Family Medicine Residency Program includes training in General Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Psychiatry, Geriatrics and subspecialties including Dermatology (skin), Orthopedics (bone), Cardiology (heart), Neurology (brain, nerves and muscles), Otolaryngology (ears, nose and throat), Nephrology (kidneys), Urology (surgery of kidney, bladder and prostate), Rheumatology (arthritis), Endocrinology (glands and diabetes), Pulmonology (lungs) and Gastroenterology (stomach, liver, bowels and gallbladder).