Family/general practitioners are medical physicians who provide diagnoses of common diseases and ailments. They may refer to a specialized doctor for particular ailments which are outside their scope of knowledge, and good bedside manner is important in order to interact with patients on a daily basis and deliver quality service. Strong verbal and written communication skills are also important.
Family/general practitioners are responsible for prescribing treatment, medicine, and therapists to patients, as well as ordering and analyzing patients' medical records to better understand their current conditions. Family doctors also specifically treat families, so knowledge of treating children is important in this position, and they also perform medical tests and discuss test results with their patients.
Those in this position must have an advanced medical degree that is obtained through completing medical school, and a bachelor's degree in science or a related field is also common. They must also complete several years of residency, pass Board Certifications, and obtain a State Medical license. The working environment of a family/general practitioner is typically a hospital or clinic, and they work with other doctors, nurses, social workers, and office staff. Working hours can vary greatly, and they may need to work long shifts with very little rest in-between.
Family or General Practitioner Tasks
Examine, diagnose, and perform preventative and interventional care for clinic patients.
Respond to emergencies and be on call for urgent care.
Order tests and provide treatments as appropriate.
Document health status and plans, including progress and discharge notes and prescriptions.