Family medicine is the most versatile of all physician specialties, providing comprehensive medical care to patients of both sexes and all ages, and family physicians are just as diverse as their patients.
Family physicians deliver care in a variety of settings, including:
Family physicians have the flexibility to tailor their clinical services to the unique needs of their patients and their situations. In addition to office-based procedural training, family physicians receive training in hospital-based medicine, including critical care and obstetrical procedures. Family physicians have the flexibility to incorporate procedures into their patient care as their skills and interests evolve and demand for various services develops in their community.
The following tables illustrate the diversity and variety of AAFP members and their practices.
The AAFP has approximately 115,900 members, including active members, residents, and students.
The AAFP has a diverse membership of men and women of various ages practicing in urban and rural settings.
AAFP members practice medicine in a variety of settings, from private clinics to emergency departments, from solo practices to hospital systems.
AAFP members had a mean individual income of $173,700 in 2009.
AAFP members worked an average of 47 weeks in the last year.
Each week, the average AAFP member saw patients during 89 office visits, seven hospital visits, two nursing home visits, and one house call.
AAFP members spent an average of 34 hours each week engaged in direct, face-to-face patient contact.
AAFP members see patients with a variety of insurance coverage from traditional health plans, to Medicaid and Medicare, to the uninsured.
Approximately 90 percent of AAFP members participate in Medicare.
More than 82 percent of AAFP members are accepting new Medicare patients.
More than 64 percent of AAFP members are accepting new Medicaid patients.
AAFP members perform a variety of procedures in their practices including dermatologic procedures and physical therapy.
AAFP member physicians’ office laboratories vary in the complexity of tests performed.
More than 22 percent of AAFP member physicians’ office laboratories perform more than 40 tests.
More than 65 percent of AAFP member physicians have hospital admission privileges.
Approximately 80 percent of AAFP members believe family physicians’ hospital privileges are generally about right.
AAFP members provide a variety of services and procedures in hospital practices, including pediatric care, newborn care, intensive care, and emergency care.
Ten percent of AAFP members report delivering babies, and those members delivered 40 babies on average in 2009.
More than half of family medicine residency programs are community-based and affiliated with a medical school.
Family medicine residency programs have a diverse population of residents from United States and international medical graduates.
In 2012, there were a total of 10,104 family medicine residents, filling 99.8 percent of the 454 accredited residency programs.
Twenty percent of family medicine residency graduates have between $200,000 and $249,999 in educational debt.
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