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Is Family Medicine Right for You?

posted Jun 9, 2017, 1:58 PM by Explore More   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 1:58 PM ]
During clinical rotations, many osteopathic medical students decide what specialty they’d like to pursue. It’s important to keep an open mind during this time and not to let others sway by what other say. Some might be bias against family medicine or tell that you can’t pay back your student loans if you go into family medicine, which is not necessarily true. There are many other considerations than money, and since this profession is one you will likely be doing for the rest of your life, it’s important to follow what best suits your personality and life goals.
Here are some considerations for family medicine:

Rural & Underserved Areas
Many students come from rural areas where they saw their family doctors serve their entire communities. They observed how these family doctors helped families during trying times and wanted to dedicate themselves to helping others.

Patient Relationships
Unlike other specialties, family medicine allows you to build relationships with patients over many years. Some patients will see you all their lives and decide to bring their families to see you also.

Do It All
Family Medicine physicians must treat a wide variety of conditions and illnesses. You can tailor your practice to the needs of your community.

Leader in Community
Family physicians are the first doctors that people go to when they are in medical trouble. They can take care of entire families and are regarded as pillars of their communities.

Full Spectrum of Patients
Family physicians see a huge range of patients from very young to elderly patients.

As a family physician, it’s unlikely that you must contend with emergencies. You will have more flexibility to decide your schedule than other specialties.

New Experiences
You will see many different problems in varying degrees. You will never see the same problem twice, so you will not be bored as a family physician.

See More Patients
Family physicians tend to see more patients than any other specialty and every case is different.