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What kind of training do family doctors have?

Training for family doctors is a process that begins with medical school and continues through residency. Family medicine residency programs require three years of training after medical school. As with other specialties, family medicine residency programs have specific requirements with certain numbers of hours that must be completed for achieving board certification. They are designed to provide integrated experiences in ambulatory, community and inpatient environments during three years of concentrated study and hands-on training.
Dr. John J. Connolly
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Family doctors are physicians who have been trained in the medical specialty of Family Practice. Their training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness in both children and adults, including obstetrics. Many hospitals, however, do not grant obstetrical privileges (delivering babies) to Family Practitioners as they have sufficient Ob-Gyns to deliver that care.

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