Midlothian Family Practice is a group of Family Practitioners capable of handling all illnesses traditionally associated with general practice except for delivering babies. We treat a broad spectrum of illnesses ranging from colds and flu to hypertension and diabetes. We have office based laboratory and x-ray facilities as well as minor emergency areas suitable for suturing lacerations. We perform minor office surgery including the removal of ingrown toenails and skin lesions. One of our physicians is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for hospital admissions and immediate problems.
Family Practice is a relatively new specialty of medicine. Building on the initial concept of general practice, Family Practice requires its physicians to complete 3-year Family Practice residency after graduating from medical school. To be certified as a Family Practitioner, the physician must pass a comprehensive examination conducted by the American Board of Family Practice. To maintain this certification, the Family Practitioner must participate in 50 hours of continuing medical education each year.
Family Practitioners assume a continuing responsibility for your health care and that of your family. The Family Practitioner is a specialist with a broad-based knowledge in all fields of medicine rather than an in-depth knowledge of a particular discipline. Most illnesses do not require the services of a specialist, but a Family Practitioner knows when those services are needed and who to call should it become necessary. The Family Practitioner coordinates the services of medical specialists, ancillary medical personnel (physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians etc.), and community health resources.