What does a Family Medicine Physician do?

Family medicine physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary care services to patients of all ages. They perform initial evaluations, evaluate test results, diagnose conditions, and make referrals to specialists. They also perform routine physicals and screenings, and treat simple medical conditions. They write orders for medications, tests, and other procedures. They can provide medical advice and offer guidance on preventative care and healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise.

Family medicine physicians must have earned at least an MD or DO designation. They must make patient safety, care, and comfort their top priorities. They must be board certified and have a valid license to practice in their state. An assortment of background checks and other screenings and clearances are also required. Requires excellent communication skills.

What responsibilities are common for Family Medicine Physician jobs?
  • Ensure compliance with all city, state and federal regulations.
  • Collect appropriate co-pays or balance due at the time of service.
  • Assist with the development of site improvement/action plans, as needed.
  • Demonstrate engagement in the work team and goals of the unit.
  • Assist in working with facilities to ensure the center environment is clean and safe.
  • Demonstrate expected behaviors applicable to the Health System scheduling and registration system and unit policies procedures and guidelines.
  • Job requires sitting for prolonged periods, frequently bending/stooping, reaching (overhead, extensive, repetitive) and repetitive motion: computer keyboard.
  • Facilitate the HMO referral process to maintain compliance with managed care guidelines.
  • Serve as an advisor and role model for residents.
  • Work with community practitioners for the purpose of educational support and community relations.
What are the typical qualifications for Family Medicine Physician jobs?
  • Prior experience in a consulting position.
  • Strong leadership skills and decision making skills in stressful environments.
  • A critical thinker and problem solver.
  • Can conduct work with confidence and dexterity with a commitment to follow through.
  • Fluency and comfort with tasks including wound closure, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, injections and suturing.
  • Able to pay strict attention to detail for multiple clients or patients.
  • Multilingual and comfortable adhering to writing protocols.
  • Fluent in HIPAA regulations and protocols.
  • Collaborative spirit and nature with colleagues and patients.
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Family Medicine Physician make?

$249,284 /yr
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Mount Carmel Medical GroupMount Carmel Medical Group
Family Medicine Physician
Apr 20, 2022

“You get paid to work and the pay is good”

Structured Family Care
Dec 25, 2021

“Don't have to keep training new people to do the job because of turnover.”

Noblesville First United Methodist ChurchNoblesville First United Methodist Church
Associate Director of Family Ministries
Sep 16, 2021

“No benefits and required to work most major holidays.”

Henry Ford Health SystemHenry Ford Health System
Family Medicine Physician
Dec 13, 2020

“Great place to start your career”

Family Dollar StoresFamily Dollar Stores
Family Dollar
May 10, 2022

“Nice people to work with”

Northside HospitalNorthside Hospital
Family Medicine Physician
Jan 7, 2021

“Great physicians to work with”

Family Medicine Physician
May 31, 2021

“good training facility for residency”

Freddie MacFreddie Mac
Single Family
Aug 20, 2020

“It was a great virtual internship”

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