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Job Description

 

Medical doctors who specialize in family medicine serve patients of all ages, providing comprehensive care for all sorts of conditions.

A family physician is usually the first choice when someone has a non-emergency health concern. Family physicians focus their practice on the “whole patient” and provide on-going care over long periods of time.

This makes family physicians uniquely qualified to provide preventive care and manage chronic and complex conditions.

They also perform early screenings for signs of potentially serious conditions, such as cancer or heart disease.

Many patients consider their family physician “my doctor,” developing long-standing relationships with the physician.

The family doctor comes to know the patient well over time, learning a great deal about the patient’s health history and medical needs.

Key elements of family medicine are helping in the prevention of health problems and the reduction of health risks.

In many areas, especially rural settings, a local family physician may follow an individual patient from infancy through adulthood.

Other family members may all be treated by the same doctor, thus giving the physician access to medical histories going back a generation or more.

This gives the family physician a unique insight into an individual’s health risks and the ability to better help patients stay healthy.

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Responsibilities

 

Family practice physicians (also known as primary care physicians) are often the first point of contact for patients.

They're tasked with completing a the investigation and treatment of individual patients with a wide array of ailments and conditions.

In the event of more serious occurrences they differ to more specialized physicians.

Some of the common responsibilities of a family physician include:

  • Treating a wide range of medical issues.

  • Coordinating care with other medical professionals.

  • Caring for the whole patient, including mental and emotional concerns.

  • Building long-term relationships with their patients.

  • Providing information and techniques to help patients control their own health choices.

  • Focusing on illness prevention as well as treatment of it.

Family practice doctors often manage other health care professionals like nurses and medical assistants in addition to their regular duties.

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Skills

 

The family physician is often the first point of contact for many people entering the health care system.

This requires the physician to quickly assess physical data and communicate with patients effectively to gather the information needed to make an accurate diagnosis.

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

A family practice medical office is run like a small business, with front office staff who are often trained medical assistants, and a billing manager.

The office-based practice is the common business model, although training in the family practice specialty prepares physicians to work in non-traditional locales, including wilderness, rural and international situations.

Family physicians may locate their practice in any of the following common locations:

  • Medical offices

  • Hospitals, especially rural care facilities

  • Nursing homes

  • Community health centers

  • Urgent care centers

  • Emergency departments

  • Schools

Those in family practice report a high level of professional satisfaction, ease in balancing career and home and a comfortable lifestyle.

The flexibility of a family practice gives the physician the authority to arrange work hours, work schedules and provisions for family time.

A family practices gives a physician a wide range of lifestyle options. The median numbers of hours a family physician works is 51, according to Medical Economics magazine.

The family physician is often the first one in a position to learn about the appearance of new symptoms and the first to diagnose an emerging condition.

Family physicians see patients in different environments, including homes, clinics and hospitals in areas that are traditionally under served by other medical providers.

The U.S. government estimates that a physician shortage translates into an estimated 20 percent of people in the U.S. have inadequate access or no access to primary care.

These are generally people in rural areas and regions of socioeconomic deprivation. Family physicians provide the care that fills this gap.

It is estimated that fully 25 percent of family physicians extend their practices into rural areas. Uninsured patients are often part of the family physicians’ patient pool, especially children and families receiving public assistance.

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
11.11.2016
The Department of Family Medicine is recruiting for Family Medicine physicians with a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Geriatrics to provide clinical care in our Geriatrics Clinic in the Iowa City area. This is an excellent...
07.21.2017
Family Medicine Residency Program Core Faculty Requirements: Family medicine physician certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Must devote 24 hours per week to residency program, including supervising residents in clinic,...
06.22.2017
Description Physician, Family Medicine, St. Anthony Physicians Chandler Clinic For more information, contact Brooke Byler at brooke.byler@ssmhealth.com.
07.19.2017
- ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVE - FAMILY MEDICINE (OFF0034Z) Job Description ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVE - FAMILY MEDICINE-OFF0034Z Description Processes incoming telephone communication for large high-volume practice. Telephone call...
11.14.2016
The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Iowa is recruiting for a full-time, non-tenured clinical family medicine physician to work in Muscatine, Iowa. This is an opportunity to join a small practice in a state-of-the-art building,...
07.21.2017
Family Medicine Physician M.D., D.O. or foreign equivalent Ability to be licensed to practice medicine without restriction or limitation in the State of Iowa Board certified or board eligible Registered with the Federal Drug Enforcement...
07.21.2017
Job Title: LPN Clinic | Family Medicine | Bemidji City: BEMIDJI State: Minnesota Department : Family Medicine Job Schedule: Full Time Shift: Days Hours Per Shift: 8 hr JOBSUMMARY The licensed practical nurse assists in...
07.21.2017
Job Title: LPN Clinic | Family Medicine | Bemidji City: BEMIDJI State: Minnesota Department : Family Medicine Job Schedule: Full Time Shift: Days Hours Per Shift: 8 hr JOBSUMMARY The licensed practical nurse assists in...
07.21.2017
Job Title: LPN Clinic | Family Medicine | Bemidji City: BEMIDJI State: Minnesota Department : Family Medicine Job Schedule: Full Time Shift: Days Hours Per Shift: 8 hr JOBSUMMARY The licensed practical nurse assists in...
07.21.2017
Chief of Family Medicine Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Physician Location: Malden, MA Department: PSC PO Physician Recruitment Employment Type: Full Time Hours/Week: 40 Date Posted: 07/20/2017 Requisition Number:...
07.21.2017
Job Title: Clinic CMA | Family Medicine | Bemidji City: BEMIDJI State: Minnesota Department : Family Medicine Job Schedule: Full Time Shift: Days Hours Per Shift: 8 hr JOBSUMMARY Responsible for assisting physicians and advanced...
07.18.2017
Description Family Medicine - St. Anthony Healthplex East St. Anthony Physicians Group is actively recruiting a BE/BC Family Medicine physician for outpatient primary care at St. Anthony Healthplex East. This state of the art campus...
07.21.2017
Family Medicine Physician Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Physician Location: Malden, MA Department: PSC PO Physician Recruitment Employment Type: Full Time Hours/Week: 40 Date Posted: 06/30/2017 Requisition Number:...
07.21.2017
Physician- Family Medicine Faculty Schedule-Full-time Job-Physicians Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Mercy Medical Center...
07.21.2017
This physician will join Community Physician Network, an employed physician group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN Description Community Physician Network is seeking board certified Osteopathic Family Medicine physicians for...
  1. FAMILY MEDICINE/GERIATRICS FACULTY Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Department of Family Medicine is recruiting for Family Medicine physicians with a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Geriatrics to provide clinical care in our Geriatrics Clinic in the Iowa City area. This is an excellent...
  2. Physician - Family Medicine Residency Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge General Medical Center
    Family Medicine Residency Program Core Faculty Requirements: Family medicine physician certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Must devote 24 hours per week to residency program, including supervising residents in clinic,...
  3. Physician - Family Medicine Oklahoma City, OK St. Anthony Hospital
    Description Physician, Family Medicine, St. Anthony Physicians Chandler Clinic For more information, contact Brooke Byler at brooke.byler@ssmhealth.com.
  4. ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVE - FAMILY MEDICINE Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
    - ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVE - FAMILY MEDICINE (OFF0034Z) Job Description ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVE - FAMILY MEDICINE-OFF0034Z Description Processes incoming telephone communication for large high-volume practice. Telephone call...
  5. FAMILY MEDICINE MUSCATINE-FACULTY Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Iowa is recruiting for a full-time, non-tenured clinical family medicine physician to work in Muscatine, Iowa. This is an opportunity to join a small practice in a state-of-the-art building,...
  6. Physician - Family Medicine Cedar Rapids, IA Mercy Cedar Rapids
    Family Medicine Physician M.D., D.O. or foreign equivalent Ability to be licensed to practice medicine without restriction or limitation in the State of Iowa Board certified or board eligible Registered with the Federal Drug Enforcement...
  7. LPN Clinic - Family Medicine Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
    Job Title: LPN Clinic | Family Medicine | Bemidji City: BEMIDJI State: Minnesota Department : Family Medicine Job Schedule: Full Time Shift: Days Hours Per Shift: 8 hr JOBSUMMARY The licensed practical nurse assists in...
  8. LPN Clinic - Family Medicine Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
    Job Title: LPN Clinic | Family Medicine | Bemidji City: BEMIDJI State: Minnesota Department : Family Medicine Job Schedule: Full Time Shift: Days Hours Per Shift: 8 hr JOBSUMMARY The licensed practical nurse assists in...
  9. LPN Clinic - Family Medicine Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
    Job Title: LPN Clinic | Family Medicine | Bemidji City: BEMIDJI State: Minnesota Department : Family Medicine Job Schedule: Full Time Shift: Days Hours Per Shift: 8 hr JOBSUMMARY The licensed practical nurse assists in...
  10. Chief of Family Medicine Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Chief of Family Medicine Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Physician Location: Malden, MA Department: PSC PO Physician Recruitment Employment Type: Full Time Hours/Week: 40 Date Posted: 07/20/2017 Requisition Number:...
  11. Clinic CMA - Family Medicine Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
    Job Title: Clinic CMA | Family Medicine | Bemidji City: BEMIDJI State: Minnesota Department : Family Medicine Job Schedule: Full Time Shift: Days Hours Per Shift: 8 hr JOBSUMMARY Responsible for assisting physicians and advanced...
  12. Physician - Family Medicine Oklahoma City, OK St. Anthony Hospital
    Description Family Medicine - St. Anthony Healthplex East St. Anthony Physicians Group is actively recruiting a BE/BC Family Medicine physician for outpatient primary care at St. Anthony Healthplex East. This state of the art campus...
  13. Family Medicine Physician Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Family Medicine Physician Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Physician Location: Malden, MA Department: PSC PO Physician Recruitment Employment Type: Full Time Hours/Week: 40 Date Posted: 06/30/2017 Requisition Number:...
  14. Physician- Family Medicine Faculty Des Moines, IA Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
    Physician- Family Medicine Faculty Schedule-Full-time Job-Physicians Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Mercy Medical Center...
  15. Family Medicine Faculty Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    This physician will join Community Physician Network, an employed physician group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN Description Community Physician Network is seeking board certified Osteopathic Family Medicine physicians for...