About The Specialty of Family Medicine

Family Medicine: The Center of Primary Care

Unlike other specialties that are limited to a particular organ or disease, family physicians are the only specialists qualified to treat most ailments and provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages — from newborns to seniors. This looks like:

  • Caring for patients regardless of age or health condition, sustaining an enduring and trusting relationship
  • Understanding community-level factors and social determinants of health
  • Serving as a patient's first contact for health concerns
  • Navigating the health care system with patients, including specialist and hospital care coordination and follow-up
  • Using data and technology to coordinate services and enhance care
  • Considering the impact of health on a patient’s family

It’s the combination of passion for the patients and a depth of knowledge of the human body that makes primary care such a unique, effective specialty.

Access to a regular primary care physician has been linked to:

Lower infant mortality
Higher birth weights
Immunization rates above national standards
Lower overall health care costs
Longer, healthier lives