Dr. Michael has been trained in two medical specialties.
Having studied Family Medicine, Dr. Michael has been trained to provide comprehensive medical care for families and individuals suffering from all types of illnesses, disorders, conditions and diseases. As a family doctor, Dr. Michael is usually the first point of contact for patients when they seek general medical care (categorized as a primary care provider) and can refer patients to specialists when necessary.
Family medicine, or family practice, is a division of primary care focused on the provision of comprehensive medical care for people of all ages, with family doctors often providing care for the entire family. As a family doctor, these physicians generally develop close relationships with patients over an extended period of time, allowing for the provision of comprehensive care that other specialists may be less likely to deliver.
Family physicians are tasked with caring for not only the physical health of patients and families, but also the mental and emotional health and how it relates to the family as a unit. Family medicine also emphasizes preventive care, attempting to keep the patient healthy and prevent diseases before they occur through regular exercise, a healthy diet and healthy life choices.
When treating patients and their families, family physicians employ a variety of techniques and procedures. With regard to preventive measures, Family doctors are tasked with performing regular examinations or checkups, immunizations and screening tests, among others. Family physicians are trained to identify and treat a very wide range of illnesses and injuries, but may also refer patients to a specialist when they deem it necessary. Additionally, family physicians may also treat and manage chronic conditions without the assistance of a specialist.
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Having studied General Practice, Dr. Michael has been trained to provide ongoing comprehensive medical care for patients of all ages, in some cases providing lifelong care. In the provision of general medical care, Dr. Michael treats patients for a wide range of ailments and conditions, usually acting as the point of first contact and referring patients to a specialist if necessary – also known as a primary care provider.
General practice, or general medicine, is a comprehensive area of medical care that focuses on the treatment of all types of conditions and diseases, similar to that of a family practice. Physicians who practice general medicine are known as general practitioners and usually provide primary care services. General practitioners not only provide treatment for existing conditions, but are also trained in the area of preventive care.
General practitioners are trained to treat a wide range of illnesses and diseases and are usually the point of first contact for a patient when they are unsure of their condition or are seeking initial medical care. In a sense, general practitioners act as the “gatekeepers” to the medical world, deciding when and for which conditions their patients will be referred to a specialist.
Many general practitioners who have not completed specialized fellowships in specialty areas pursue Certificates in Added Qualifications (CAQs), which allow the physician to earn credentials in areas such as geriatrics, sleep medicine, adolescent medicine or hospice & palliative medicine.
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