Family Practice (outpatient)
Rome, NY 13440
Family practice doctors, also known as family physicians, are general practitioners, as opposed to specialists. Family medicine was created specifically to take care of the healthcare of families, and as such, family physicians are trained to take care of patients of all ages.
At a minimum, following high school graduation, the road to becoming a family physician requires completion of certain undergraduate prerequisite courses, medical school, three years of family medicine residency, and all three parts of the United States Medical Licensing Exam. Thereafter, to maintain certification and licensure, periodic re-testing and accumulation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit are required. A career in family medicine may appeal to anyone who likes science, variety, problem-solving, collaboration, lifelong learning, and developing long-term relationships with people and their families.
Family practice doctors, as primary care physicians, are often the first person whom a patient sees when seeking healthcare services. They examine and treat patients with a wide range of conditions and refer those with serious ailments to a specialist or appropriate facility.
Typical job duties include taking patient histories, performing or requesting diagnostic tests, making diagnoses, prescribing treatment, administering vaccinations and performing follow-up examinations, as well as educating patients in disease prevention and health maintenance. Additional duties include preparing medical records, clinical reports and correspondences. Family practice doctors also supervise allied health professionals, such as nurses, physician assistants and medical assistants.