Who is the AAFP Family Physician?

Who are family physicians?

Family physicians specialize in life. They’re the ones on call from the moment a new patient is born to the moment they pass—and every moment in between. No specialists are qualified to treat a wider range of ailments or provide more comprehensive care than family physicians. Of every 5 visits to a medical office, 1 is to see a family physicians—that’s more than 190 million patient visits each year and a 48% higher visit frequency than the next most popular specialty.

What does it mean to specialize in families?

It looks like diagnoses, illness treatment, preventive care, health-risk assessments, immunizations, screenings and tests, and an overall look at how every patient can live their healthiest life. From common colds to chronic illness like heart disease, stroke, and even cancer, a family physician treats it all.


Most Common Conditions Seen by Family Physicians

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Cholesterol-related issues
  • Emotional health issues
  • Cough or cold
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Adult vaccination
  • Dermatology-related issues
  • Reflux disease or heartburn

Most Common Services Provided by Family Physicians

  • EKG
  • Dermatologic procedures
  • X-ray
  • Endometrial sampling
  • Colposcopy