CHI Health’s family medicine practitioners (also known as family practice physicians) provide continuing, comprehensive health care for individual family members of all ages. We emphasize disease prevention and wellness by:
- Recommending preventive tests
- Coaching patients to change health behaviors so they don't develop the conditions for which they’re at risk
- Monitoring chronic conditions to prevent further complications
Our family medicine practitioners also collaborate with specialists as necessary, coordinating care and advocating for the patient every step of the way.
Should I Visit a Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Doctor?
You can choose either a family medicine or an internal medicine practitioner to serve as your primary care physician. While family doctors treat the entire family from infancy through adulthood, internal medicine doctors concentrate on providing medical care for adults, and typically do not offer maternity or pediatric care.
Family practice doctors also emphasize disease prevention and wellness by recommending preventative tests, while internists specialize in treating adult patients with a chronic illness or complex combination of illnesses. We recommend that you see your family physician annually to maintain optimum health, no matter what your age.
Which Medical Conditions Do Family Medicine Doctors Treat?
Because of their extensive training, family physicians are the only specialists qualified to provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages—from newborns to seniors.
Like other medical specialists, family physicians complete a three-year residency program after graduating from medical school. As part of their residency, they participate in integrated inpatient and outpatient learning and receive training in six major medical areas: pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry and neurology, surgery and community medicine. They also receive instruction in many other areas including geriatrics, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, radiology, orthopedics, otolaryngology and urology.
In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, family medicine doctors provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunization and screening tests and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. From heart disease, stroke and hypertension, to diabetes, cancer and asthma, family physicians provide ongoing, personalized care for even the most serious health problems.