How To Become Family Medicine Physician? Family Medicine physician is a specialist that focuses on the family as a unit, not specific populations (adults or children).
Family doctors are trained to treat both adults and children and have to know a variety of medical sub-specialties.
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How To Become A Family Medicine Physician?
A family GP career path is different from a career in internal medicine. The person interested in specializing in this area has to:
- Complete a Bachelor’s degree acceptable for a medical school.
- Pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam.
- Graduate from medical school and pass the United States Licensing Examination.
- Join a Family Medicine residency licensed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
The family medicine residency involves:
- Rotations in several medical subspecialties;
- At least 6 months of inpatient hospital experience;
- 1 month of adult critical care;
- 2 months care for children both in the hospital environment and critical care;
- 1 month of obstetrics;
- Work with newborns;
- 1 month of gynecology;
- 1 month of surgery;
- 1 month of geriatric care;
- 2 months of training in musculoskeletal medicine;
Also, the residents have to take additional classes in:
- Behavioral health;
- Skin diseases;
- Population health;
- Wellness and disease prevention;
Obtain certification from the American Board of Family Medicine;
- Obtain a medical license.
- Join a fellowship in a sub-specialty of family medicine.
- Optionally, earn a dual degree in family medicine+ another specialty (geriatrics, obstetrics, sports medicine).
- A licensed family doctor can also earn a certificate of added qualifications (CAQ) from ABFM in Adolescent Medicine, Geriatrics, or Sleep Medicine.
Average Salary For Family Physicians in the USA
The salary range for family medicine specialists ranges from $169,000 to $270,000.
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