University of Southern California

Primary Care  |  Family Medicine

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Primary Care/ Family Medicine/ Community Medicine

Family Medicine

Family Medicine is one of the main specialties within primary care. Today it is rooted in the historical generalist tradition. Family medicine is a three-dimensional specialty, incorporating (1) knowledge, (2) skill and (3) process. Although knowledge and skill may be shared with other specialties, the family medicine process is unique. At the center of this process is the patient-physician relationship with the patient viewed in the context of the family. It is the extent to which this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured and maintained that distinguishes family medicine from all other specialties. Read more…