Family Medicine Facts

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:

  • Office practices
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Community health centers
  • Urgent care centers
  • Emergency rooms
  • University-based health centers

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.