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ISSN: 2161-0711

Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education
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Review Article

The Complete Practitioner: The Role of a Family Physician

Richard B Birrer* and Sarru E

Executive Director SAMSO Dharhan KSA

*Corresponding Author:
Richard B Birrer
Executive Director SAMSO Dharhan, KSA
Tel: 516-671-6751
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: February 19, 2014; Accepted date: March 17, 2014; Published date: March 19, 2014

Citation: Birrer RB, Sarru E (2014) The Complete Practitioner: The Role of a Family Physician. J Community Med Health Educ S2:006. doi: 10.4172/2161-0711.S2-006

Copyright: © 2014 Birrer RB , et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


There is a strong continued need for dedicated primary or family physicians that can provide patient and familycentred comprehensive, coordinated and accessible health care. Family physicians have a broad as well as deep knowledge of medicine fundamentals and understand the family dynamics and community-based logistics that impact health and disease. The specialty emphasizes prevention and healthy life styles in the context of dignity and partnership. The current brief review reflects on the different aspects of the family medicine specialty, highlights the impacts of family physicians and suggests benefits of adding the specialty to Saudi Arabia undergraduate and graduate training programs.