Your Primary Care Physician—Family Medicine
Find a Board-Certified Family Physician
Family doctors provide ongoing, total health care for you and your family. Family doctors see all ages of patients and can treat almost any health problem. Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person.
In addition to identifying and treating sickness, family physicians provide checkups, health-risk reviews, shots and screening tests, and personal treatment on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Family doctors also manage long-lasting illness, often coordinating care provided by other doctors. From heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure to diabetes, cancer, and asthma, family physicians provide ongoing, personal care for the most serious health problems. Your family doctor is the key to an ongoing, personal patient-doctor relationship focusing on life-long care.
What is Board Certification?
When you or a family member needs health care or medical treatment, you want a highly qualified doctor dedicated to providing outstanding care. When you choose a doctor who is board-certified, you can be confident he or she meets nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience and skills to provide high quality care. Board certification goes above and beyond just having a medical license.
To practice medicine in the United States, doctors must be licensed by the states in which they work. However, being licensed does not tell you how qualified a doctor is to practice. One of the best ways to know if your doctor is qualified to provide care in a specialty is to find out if he or she is board-certified and participating in activities to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in medicine and patient care.
Board-certified family doctors voluntarily meet additional standards beyond basic licensing. They demonstrate their know-how by earning board certification through the ABFM. To become board-certified, each doctor must complete four years of college, complete medical school with an MD or DO degree, and three years of full-time training in a residency program.
Each board-certified family doctor earns the first board certification by passing an exam given by the American Board of Family Medicine. After this, the ABFM program requires ongoing exams and education. To maintain board certification, a family doctor must keep up with the latest advances in medicine as well as in patient safety, communications, and ethics.
Board certification is the best sign that a doctor has the knowledge, experience, and skills needed to offer high-quality patient care.
For More information about Family Physicians and their role in providing comprehensive primary care, click on this link: Why Should I See a Family Doctor