We provide total, comprehensive care across multiple fields of medicine through our Family Medicine clinical services.
Our physicians, nurses and staff want for our you what all patients want for themselves — to live well in good health. In Philadelphia and throughout the world,we embrace the responsibility of improving the lives and communities that need care the most. We care for those in the community because there is a need, a responsibility and a shared humanity.
Family practice is a three–dimensional specialty, incorporating the dimensions of:
While knowledge and skill may be shared with other specialties, the family practice process is unique. At the center of this process is the patient–physician relationship wherein the patient is viewed in the context of the family. It is the extent to which this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured and maintained that distinguishes family practice from all other specialties.
The family physician is the physician of first contact in most situations and, as the initial provider, is in a unique position to form a bond with the patient. The family physician evaluates the patient's total health needs, and provides personal care within one or more fields of medicine. The family physician refers the patient when indicated to other sources of care while preserving continuity of care.
The family physician's role as a cost-effective coordinator of the patient's health services is integral to the care provided. If the patient is hospitalized, this role enables coordination of care. This role also allows the family physician to serve as the patient's advocate in dealing with third–party payors, employers and others. Thus, in the family practice process, the patient–physician relationship is initiated, established, developed and maintained for both sexes, for all ages, across time and independent of problem type.
Family Medicine Clinical Services
The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health offer the following services:
- Adolescent Health
- Adult Health
- Health Information
- Hospice & Palliative Care
- Family Planning
- Integrative Care
- Laboratory/Testing Services
- Obstetrics (Prenatal Care and Delivery)
- Women's Health