Family Medicine Physicians


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+6.1% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral or professional degree


What Family Medicine Physicians Do

Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.

Other Job Titles Family Medicine Physicians May Have

Board Certified Family Physician, Family Medicine Physician, Family Physician, Family Practice Medical Doctor (FP MD), Family Practice Physician (FP Physician), Family Practitioner, Medical Doctor (MD), Medical Staff Physician, Physician, Primary Care Physician

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Family Medicine Physician/Lieutenant Commander ,

United States Navy

As a doctor, I look at the list of patients I have scheduled for the day to prepare for the conditions and challenges I may face. I have to review their histories prior to meeting with them so I can speak knowledgeably and be efficient. I interview and examine the patients. Sometimes I perform procedures for them. I order studies, diagnose and prescribe medications and treatments as needed. As a Department Head of Family Medicine in my clinic, I will also perform many administrative duties.

MD ,

Cook County Hospital

I get to work before dawn, I have an operating room assigned from the day before but still need to check any last minute updates, I need to set up the room, check the anesthesia machine, the monitors, prepare the drugs, and think of everything that can go wrong and what would my first and second plan be and be ready for it, then present the case to a supervisor. The preparation has to be careful and tailored to the type of surgery. The day goes on case by case or just one real long case.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.
  • Order, perform, and interpret tests and analyze records, reports, and examination information to diagnose patients' condition.
  • Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, or examination results.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
  • Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.

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