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What is a Primary Care Physician?

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What is a Primary Care Physician?

What is a Primary Care Physician?

Unlike other specialties that are limited to a particular organ or disease, family physicians are the only specialists qualified to treat most ailments and provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages — from newborns to seniors. This looks like:

  • Caring for patients regardless of age or health condition, sustaining an enduring and trusting relationship

  • Understanding community-level factors and social determinants of health

  • Serving as a patient's first contact for health concerns

  • Navigating the health care system with patients, including specialist and hospital care coordination and follow-up

  • Using data and technology to coordinate services and enhance care

  • Considering the impact of health on a patient’s family

It’s the combination of passion for the patients and a depth of knowledge of the human body that makes primary care such a unique, effective specialty. Access to a regular primary care physician has been linked to:

  • Lower infant mortality

  • Higher birth weights

  • Immunization rates above national standards

  • Lower overall health care costs

  • Longer, healthier lives


Family physicians complete extensive training beyond medical school in order to be able to provide the best possible patient care, including a three-year residency; in-depth training across a human lifespan from birth to death; and potential additional fellowships and qualifications in concentrations like adolescent medicine, emergency medicine, faculty development, and more.

Family medicine residents participate in integrated inpatient and outpatient learning and receive training in six major medical areas — pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry and neurology, surgery, and community medicine.

The Campbell County Medical Group Family Medicine clinic is home to some of the best family physicians in the region. And their primary goal is to offer affordable and effective healthcare for people of all ages in Gillette, Wyoming. Have questions? Want to book an appointment? Call us today at 307-688-3636

Article Source: American Academy of Family Physicians: The Specialty of Family Medicine

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