Family medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on delivering comprehensive health care to patients of all ages. Family medicine physicians are often the first doctors that people see when they have a medical issue. They are trained to diagnose the problem and refer the patient to a specialist if the need arises.
Family Medicine Specialties
All family physicians undergo training in six major medical areas:
- Gynecology: Also called an OB/GYN, these physicians deliver babies and provide women’s reproductive health services.
- Internal Medicine: This specialty of medicine focuses on treating adults and adult diseases.
- Psychiatry: The treatment of mental disorders and study of the nervous system.
- Surgery: Basic surgical techniques such as setting a broken bone, etc.
- Community Medicine: A branch of medicine focusing on the interaction between people and its effect on health, emphasizing preventive medicine.
About one in four of all office visits in the United States are made to family physicians. For many people, their family doctor is the first resource they turn to in case of medical trouble. Family physicians must be compassionate, possess a wide variety of medical knowledge, and develop personal, ongoing relationships with their patients.
At Big Island Family Medicine, we treat patients as family, taking the time to understand each person and their medical history. We treat all members of the family: infants, children, teens, adults, and the elderly. All are welcome as soon as they walk through our doors. Call our front office to make your first appointment. We look forward to helping you and your family stay healthy for many years to come.