What does a Family Medicine Physician do?

Family medicine physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary care services to patients of all ages. They perform initial evaluations, evaluate test results, diagnose conditions, and make referrals to specialists. They also perform routine physicals and screenings, and treat simple medical conditions. They write orders for medications, tests, and other procedures. They can provide medical advice and offer guidance on preventative care and healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise.

Family medicine physicians must have earned at least an MD or DO designation. They must make patient safety, care, and comfort their top priorities. They must be board certified and have a valid license to practice in their state. An assortment of background checks and other screenings and clearances are also required. Requires excellent communication skills.

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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

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Family Therapist
13 Dec 2020

“Clinicians are paid salary versus hourly so client cancellations don't have an impact on your weekly pay.”

Noblesville First United Methodist ChurchNoblesville First United Methodist Church
Associate Director of Family Ministries
16 Sep 2021

“No benefits and required to work most major holidays.”

University SettlementUniversity Settlement
Family Child Specialist
25 Sep 2020

“supportive of your career pursuits”

Freddie MacFreddie Mac
Single Family
20 Aug 2020

“It was a great virtual internship”

Family Medicine Physician
31 May 2021

“good training facility for residency”

Northside HospitalNorthside Hospital
Family Medicine Physician
7 Jan 2021

“Great physicians to work with”

The New York FoundlingThe New York Foundling
Family Therapist
7 Sep 2021

“Incentives are good”

Cleveland ClinicCleveland Clinic
Physician, Family Practice
14 Dec 2020

“Not always best place to grow a career.”

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