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 Bradford Woelke, M.D.

Specialty

Family Practice

Hospital Affiliations

St Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland

Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan

Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital

Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan

Wayne State University, School of Medicine,
Detroit Michigan

 


 

Christine M. Meyer, M.D.

Specialty

Internal Medicine

Hospital Affiliations

St Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland

Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan

Education

Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan

University of Michigan Medical School,
Ann Arbor Michigan

 


 

 Naysha M. Varghese, M.D.

Specialty

Family Practice

Hospital Affiliations



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Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan

American University of the Caribbean,

School of Medicine

 

 


 

Carl E. Palffy, M.D.

Specialty

Internal Medicine

Urgent Care

Hospital Affiliations

Loyola University at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago

American University of the Caribbean,
School of Medicine

 


 

A Family Practice Physician is board-certified in Family Medicine. Training is focused on treating an individual throughout all of his or her life stages. Family Practice Physicians provide personal primary care.

Family medicine is a three-dimensional specialty, incorporating (1) knowledge, (2) skill and (3) process. Although knowledge and skill may be shared with other specialties, the family medicine process is unique. At the center of this process is the patient-physician relationship with the patient viewed in the context of the family. It is the extent to which this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured and maintained that distinguishes family medicine from all other specialties.

In the dimension of process, the family physician functions as the patient’s means of entry into the health care system and as the physician of first contact in most situations is in a unique position to form a bond with the patient. The family physician’s care is both personal and comprehensive and not limited by age, sex, organ system or type of problem, be it biological, behavioral or social.

This care is based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the family and the community, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. When referral is indicated, the family physician refers the patient to other specialists or caregivers but remains the coordinator of the patient’s health care. This prevents fragmentation of that care in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. The family physician serves as the patient’s advocate in dealing with other medical professionals, third party payers, employers and others and as such is a cost-effective coordinator of the patient’s health services.

Family practice physicians complete undergraduate school, medical school, and three more years of specialized medical residency training in family medicine. In order to remain board certified, family physicians take a written examination every six, seven, nine or 10 years, depending on what track they choose regarding the maintenance of their certification. Three hundred hours of continuing medical education within the prior six years is also required to be eligible to sit for the exam.

The Board has created a program called the “Maintenance of Certification Program for Family Physicians” (MC-FP) which requires family physicians to continuously demonstrate proficiency in four areas of clinical practice: professionalism, self assessment/lifelong learning, cognitive expertise, and performance in practice.

 

Internal Medicine is a medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment of adults. A physician who specializes in internal medicine is referred to as an internist. A minimum of seven years of post undergraduate training, including medical school and residency training, are focused on learning the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of adults. Internists are also primary care physicians.

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