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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...
11.17.2017
PHYSICIAN Family Medicine - Brainerd 1.0 FTE PRACTICE SPECIFICS Broad Primary Care Practice Multispecialty Clinic with support from specialists and ancillary services Clinic has 5 Family Physicians No OB Call 1:18 16-22 patients...
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,...
11.17.2017
MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician to join the Medical Group of the Carolinas Family Medicine Inman practice, located in Inman, SC. Highlights of the position include: Practice...
09.26.2017
Family Medicine in Beautiful Montana   St Vincent Healthcare is looking for a BE/BC Family Medicine Physician to join our dynamic and comprehensive program. At St Vincent Healthcare, we are committed to providing...
11.17.2017
MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician to join the Medical Group of the Carolinas Family Medicine Duncan practice, located in Duncan, SC. Highlights of the position include: Practice...
11.17.2017
MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician to join the Medical Group of the Carolinas Family Medicine Peachview practice, located in Gaffney, SC. Highlights of the position include: Practice...
11.17.2017
MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician to join the Medical Group of the Carolinas Family Medicine Rutherfordton practice, located in Rutherfordton, NC. Highlights of the position include:...
11.17.2017
Physician- Family Medicine Faculty Schedule-Full-time Job-Physician 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...
11.17.2017
MD/DO license required The Spartanburg Family Medicine Residency Program in Spartanburg, South Carolina is a national leader in community family medicine education. We are seeking to add a Family Medicine Faculty member to join the residency...
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...
11.11.2016
The Department of Family Medicine is recruiting for Family Medicine physicians to provide clinical care in an Iowa City area clinic. This is an excellent opportunity to practice a full-range of primary care/family medicine, including outpatient,...
10.20.2017
- CREDENTIALED MEDICAL ASSISTANT - FAMILY MEDICINE (OTH01KLX) Job Description CREDENTIALED MEDICAL ASSISTANT - FAMILY MEDICINE-OTH01KLX Description Medical Assistants are the back bone of our care at Family Medicine Center. Employing...
07.19.2017
Description St. Anthony Physicians Group is seeking a Family Medicine physician to join Metro Medical Associates, a downtown OKC, adult focused, outpatient practice. St. Anthony Physicians Group highly values physicians and strives to keep a...
11.17.2017
Practice Specifics Family Medicine practice OB optional (OB w / C-sections) Outpatient practice (currently using hospitalists) Limited call requirement (peds only) New state-of-the-art clinic overlooking gorgeous golf course EPIC...
  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 Baxter Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    PHYSICIAN Family Medicine - Brainerd 1.0 FTE PRACTICE SPECIFICS Broad Primary Care Practice Multispecialty Clinic with support from specialists and ancillary services Clinic has 5 Family Physicians No OB Call 1:18 16-22 patients...
  3. 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,...
  4. Physician - Family Medicine - Inman Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician to join the Medical Group of the Carolinas Family Medicine Inman practice, located in Inman, SC. Highlights of the position include: Practice...
  5. Physician - Family Medicine Billings, MT St Vincent - SCL Health
    Family Medicine in Beautiful Montana   St Vincent Healthcare is looking for a BE/BC Family Medicine Physician to join our dynamic and comprehensive program. At St Vincent Healthcare, we are committed to providing...
  6. Physician - Family Medicine - Duncan Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician to join the Medical Group of the Carolinas Family Medicine Duncan practice, located in Duncan, SC. Highlights of the position include: Practice...
  7. Physician - Family Medicine - Peachview Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician to join the Medical Group of the Carolinas Family Medicine Peachview practice, located in Gaffney, SC. Highlights of the position include: Practice...
  8. Physician - Family Medicine - Rutherfordton Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    MD/DO license required Spartanburg Regional is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician to join the Medical Group of the Carolinas Family Medicine Rutherfordton practice, located in Rutherfordton, NC. Highlights of the position include:...
  9. Physician- Family Medicine Faculty Des Moines, IA Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
    Physician- Family Medicine Faculty Schedule-Full-time Job-Physician 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...
  10. Physician - Family Medicine Faculty - Center for Family Medicine Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    MD/DO license required The Spartanburg Family Medicine Residency Program in Spartanburg, South Carolina is a national leader in community family medicine education. We are seeking to add a Family Medicine Faculty member to join the residency...
  11. 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...
  12. FAMILY MEDICINE FACULTY-IOWA CITY Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Department of Family Medicine is recruiting for Family Medicine physicians to provide clinical care in an Iowa City area clinic. This is an excellent opportunity to practice a full-range of primary care/family medicine, including outpatient,...
  13. CREDENTIALED MEDICAL ASSISTANT - FAMILY MEDICINE Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
    - CREDENTIALED MEDICAL ASSISTANT - FAMILY MEDICINE (OTH01KLX) Job Description CREDENTIALED MEDICAL ASSISTANT - FAMILY MEDICINE-OTH01KLX Description Medical Assistants are the back bone of our care at Family Medicine Center. Employing...
  14. Physician - Family Medicine Oklahoma City, OK St. Anthony Hospital
    Description St. Anthony Physicians Group is seeking a Family Medicine physician to join Metro Medical Associates, a downtown OKC, adult focused, outpatient practice. St. Anthony Physicians Group highly values physicians and strives to keep a...
  15. PHYSICIAN - Family Medicine - Virginia, MN Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    Practice Specifics Family Medicine practice OB optional (OB w / C-sections) Outpatient practice (currently using hospitalists) Limited call requirement (peds only) New state-of-the-art clinic overlooking gorgeous golf course EPIC...