All Med’s family practice is a specialized field of medicine that provides comprehensive health care for patients of all ages, beginning with infancy and extending through the geriatric years. Family medicine was developed as a field of speciality back in 1969 as a way to provide generalized medical services to a variety of patients when medicine was becoming sub-specialized. Family physicians complete three years of residency after medical school consisting of training in: pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry and neurology, surgery, and community medicine. In addition, they also have training in geriatrics, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, radiology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, and urology.
Did You Know?
There are more family physicians working in communities around the United States than any other field of medical speciality.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to see a family physician?
You may want to see a family physician if you are looking for a primary care doctor that can oversee your healthcare for your entire life. Family physicians allow you to establish a medical home that is centered around your needs as a patient. They can also offer you a range of acute, chronic, and preventative medical services.
What can I expect when seeing a family physician?
When visiting your family physician, you can expect them to discuss your medical history, family history, and current medications. If you are having any specific medical concerns, these will be addressed and discussed as well. Your family physician will also check your vital signs including blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and temperature. They will then perform a physical examination that evaluates your overall health and may consist of some or all of the following: heart and lung exam, head and neck exam, abdominal exam, neurological exam, dermatological exam, extremities exam, and genital exam. They may also order laboratory tests such as a complete blood count, chemistry panel, lipid panel, blood sugar, and urinalysis.
Will I have to follow any special instructions after visiting a family physician?
Depending on the results from your physical exam and laboratory tests, your family physician may give you specialized instructions to follow. Family physicians promote preventative measures to avoid developing illness. These include regular exercise most days of the week, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, avoid tobacco and excessive alcohol, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep.