In family medicine, or general medicine, doctors develop a relationship with their patients that can be helpful in knowing their medical and family history with disease and illness. A family practice stresses the importance of preventive care, which can help extend your lifespan and prevent premature death while reducing the dependence on emergency rooms and hospitals.
Family doctors can form a diagnosis, counsel patients on chronic conditions and medical treatment options, order tests, prescribe medication and suggest treatment options and refer patients to a specialist. They can help people with any number of problems: in the ear, nose and throat, in bones and joint, with mental and behavioral issues, with urinary and reproductive systems and even basic eye care. They can also manage complex diseases like heart conditions, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, anxiety and depression. Some can even perform emergency medical procedures and minor surgery.
GPs can train in different fields of medicine, they can be men and women and they can be young or old.