What does a Family Medicine Physician do?
Family medicine physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary care services to patients of all ages. They perform initial evaluations, evaluate test results, diagnose conditions, and make referrals to specialists. They also perform routine physicals and screenings, and treat simple medical conditions. They write orders for medications, tests, and other procedures. They can provide medical advice and offer guidance on preventative care and healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise.
Family medicine physicians must have earned at least an MD or DO designation. They must make patient safety, care, and comfort their top priorities. They must be board certified and have a valid license to practice in their state. An assortment of background checks and other screenings and clearances are also required. Requires excellent communication skills.
- Ensure compliance with all city, state and federal regulations.
- Collect appropriate co-pays or balance due at the time of service.
- Assist with the development of site improvement/action plans, as needed.
- Demonstrate engagement in the work team and goals of the unit.
- Assist in working with facilities to ensure the center environment is clean and safe.
- Demonstrate expected behaviors applicable to the Health System scheduling and registration system and unit policies procedures and guidelines.
- Job requires sitting for prolonged periods, frequently bending/stooping, reaching (overhead, extensive, repetitive) and repetitive motion: computer keyboard.
- Facilitate the HMO referral process to maintain compliance with managed care guidelines.
- Serve as an advisor and role model for residents.
- Work with community practitioners for the purpose of educational support and community relations.
- Prior experience in a consulting position.
- Strong leadership skills and decision making skills in stressful environments.
- A critical thinker and problem solver.
- Can conduct work with confidence and dexterity with a commitment to follow through.
- Fluency and comfort with tasks including wound closure, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, injections and suturing.
- Able to pay strict attention to detail for multiple clients or patients.
- Multilingual and comfortable adhering to writing protocols.
- Fluent in HIPAA regulations and protocols.
- Collaborative spirit and nature with colleagues and patients.
Family Medicine Physician Salaries
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Family Medicine Physician Career Path
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Family Medicine Physician Insights
“You get paid to work and the pay is good”
“Don't have to keep training new people to do the job because of turnover.”
“No benefits and required to work most major holidays.”
“supportive of your career pursuits”
“It was a great virtual internship”
“good training facility for residency”
“Great physicians to work with”
“Nice people to work with”
Family Medicine Physician Interviews
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