Family practice doctors also known as Family medicine physician are physicians who care for the entire family. In 2004 the group known as The future of Family Medicine (FFM) Project in conjunction with most of the professional medicine organizations, voted to change the name of family practice doctors to family medicine physicians. The organization describes the change as; “A unified communications strategy will be developed to promote an awareness and understanding of the New Model of family medicine and the concept of the personal medical home. As part of this strategy, a new symbol for family physicians will be created, and consistent terminology will be established for the specialty, including use of family medicine rather than family practice and family physician rather than family practitioner…” While the name has changed the the comprehensive health your family doctor provides has not.
Family doctors are the medical go to person for the entire family. He or she is trained in a number of disciplines to provide outstanding care to your family. Family members of any age can be seen and treated by your family physician. Mothers, fathers, children and grandparent can see the same physician. There are families of several generations who have seen the same family medicine physician for decades. One of the greatest benefits is that physician has the family’s entire medical history. This is extremely helpful when an unsuspected illness arises with a family member and research needs to be done. Your family physician has everything he needs to complete a family history study. Family practice doctors treat patients for most everything. Their training includes internal medicine, pediatrics obstetrics gynecology, psychiatry, surgery emergency medicine and geriatrics
Many times, Family physicians are primary care physicians. They are physician responsible for treating your illness as well as disease; much like internal medicine specialist. They also practice and support disease prevention and health promotion. As mentioned in the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) It is based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the family and the community, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. According to the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA),
“The aim of family medicine is to provide personal, comprehensive, and continuing care for the individual in the context of the family and the community.”
Your family practice doctor is the champion for your family’s healthcare.
Wellspire Medical Group
8901 Farm to Market 1960 Bypass Road W #101
Humble, TX 77338