family doctor


Definition of family doctor

1 : a doctor regularly consulted by a family

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Last year, the average salary for joint replacement specialists topped $575,000, reported Dallas consulting firm Merritt Hawkins & Associates, compared with just over $230,000 for family doctors. Robert Weisman,, "Boomers line up for joint replacements, and their expectations are high," 2 Apr. 2018 For the minority whose mental health symptoms don’t go away, the family doctor is supposed to step in. Catherine Porter, New York Times, "Canada Struggles as It Opens Its Arms to Victims of ISIS," 16 Mar. 2018 Such a surge would usually place huge strain on general practitioners (GPs), as Britain’s family doctors are known. The Economist, "An app a dayThe London GP clinic that took on 14,000 new patients in three months," 17 Feb. 2018 Seattle Indian Health Board’s residency program trains family doctors in a federally qualified community health center with a team of family and pediatric physicians, nursing professionals and traditional healers. Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Indian Health Board’s residency program celebrates its graduates," 30 June 2018 A few weeks later, during Emma's routine checkup, Christina showed the lump to their family doctor. Laura Munson, Good Housekeeping, "The Cancer Her Doctors Missed," 27 Feb. 2012 When Gillian was 8 years old, her hyperactivity — which earned her the nickname Wriggle-Bottom — led her mother to take her to a family doctor. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Gillian Lynne, Choreographer of ‘Cats,’ Is Dead at 92," 2 July 2018 Since then, Masel said, the practice has spread to family doctors, geriatricians, neurologists, and other physicians; the university has also created a code in the electronic health record to note when patients are recording their conversations. Casey Ross, STAT, "More patients are taking home recordings of their doctor visits. But who else could listen?," 18 May 2018 The family doctor, David Hosack, employed an unorthodox treatment of hot baths of Peruvian bark and alcohol and saved the boy's life. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The True Point of Searching for Alien Life; the Misuse of Genetics and Other New Science Books," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of family doctor

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of family doctor

: a doctor who treats the members of a family : a doctor who provides general medical care for people of all ages

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Medical Definition of family doctor

1 : a doctor regularly consulted by a family in time of medical need

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