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What is a family medicine doctor?

Family medicine doctors are trained and board certified (or eligible to be board certified) to treat patients of all ages, from infants to older adults. They're also trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions and illnesses, from the common cold to pregnancy to high blood pressure. Training for family medicine doctors includes a three-year residency after medical school, with training in pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry and neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, community medicine, and surgery, along with several other speciality areas, such as urology and geriatrics. In practice, family medicine doctors provide everything from regular check-ups and preventive care to long-term care for children and adults with cancer, diabetes, asthma and other chronic conditions. When it comes to more complex or serious conditions, like diabetes or cancer, they usually refer their patients to other specialists for specific diagnosis or treatment, but they continue to oversee and coordinate overall care for the patient.

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