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photo of family showing grandparents and grandchildrenFamily medicine, or family practice, differs from medical providers referred to as general practice professionals. The American Medical Association (AMA) acknowledged family practice as a medical specialty in 1969 according to the Council on Medical Education. Providers of the specialty offer continuing and comprehensive care to the patient’s family unit, not just the patient.

In comparison to the highly fragmented, segmented, and technocratic platform upon which most medical care is delivered, the family physician offers consistency, reliability, continuity, and relationship. Johns Creek Dermatology and Family Medicine, a family practice and dermatology practice, offers primary care and dermatology services to patients in all of life’s stages.

Differences Between General Practice and Family Medicine

Although some sociologists and medical specialists use the concept of family and general practice interchangeably, these types of providers aren’t the same. The general practitioner (GP) takes care of the patient and offers primary care services to him or her.

The family practitioner (FP) actually offers primary care to the patient and his or her entire family. The FP is likely to add that family practice seeks to humanize and personalize medical care. The human factor, when combined with medical competence and skill, makes the FP an appealing resource to many families.

Johns Creek Dermatology and Family Medicine offers primary medical provider services as well as dermatology services to the entire family. The practice is family-oriented and offers ongoing care to patients from infancy. Drs. Charkawi and Timani believe that caring for families supports the proper unit of care in today’s sometimes impersonal and always busy world.

Breadth and Depth of Care

According to the AMA, the family practitioner must base his or her practice on breadth of medical knowledge in a variety of specialties, including internal medicine, pediatrics, OB-Gyn, psychiatry, and surgery. The FP-specialist focused on the needs of families must be especially skilled in listening and delivering services to all age groups.

According to “The History of Family Medicine,” (Millis, 1966, page 33), “the general practitioner of revered memory knew (the) clients…knowledge of his patients, support he gave them, and the trust and confidences his services engendered.” These cited benefits to patients are the reasons families have always preferred a family provider when one is offered.

Drs. Charkawi and Timani believe in the importance of families and relationships. Their practice goals resonate with families in search of caring, committed, and invested providers.

Three-Year Residency

The requirements for the FP are rigorous. He or she submits to a three-year residency program in order to acquire the knowledge necessary to treat patients of all ages. This higher standard, compared to the GP’s one-year internship, assists the specialist in developing advanced technology skills and supportive services for the practice. The family practice is grounded in the science of medicine and full-spectrum delivery of patient care. For these reasons, many critics of the U.S. medical system believe that the family practice preserves the best features or assets of the general practice while alleviating the deficiencies or liabilities of the GP model.

The collective medical delivery model has shifted from the needs of community to the hospital or medical center. The FP seeks to bring the focus of care back to the patient and family. In this way, FP and patients understand and rely upon the long-term benefits of relationship.

Patient-Focused Practice

Many families experience frustration with today’s medical landscape. Parents may or may not go to the same medical provider. A general practice pediatrician oversees children’s needs and, when necessary, they are referred to pediatric specialists.

Johns Creek Dermatology and Family Medicine offers both dermatology and family practice.

This holistic care model helps busy families obtain the medical services they need without signing on with multiple health care providers.

Conclusion

People value a good friend or family member because of a shared history. The friend doesn’t ask extensive questions about the past because these facts are known. In the same way, the family practice knows the patient, the family medical history, his or her parents, and siblings. The family practice physician may have extensive experience with the patient since birth. Questions about the patient’s health status are more easily answered, because medical records are immediately available and accessible.

Patients in South Forsyth, Gwinnett and North Fulton counties, and those living in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell, Duluth, Dawsonville, Cumming, and Suwanee can have patient-centered medical care. Dr. Charwaki welcomes new patients. His office is conveniently located in Johns Creek near the Peachtree Parkway (Highway 141) and McGinnis Ferry Road intersections, directly across from Emory Johns Creek Hospital on Hospital Parkway. Call today to make an appointment: 770-771-6591.