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Family medicine specialists have the expertise to care for the entire familyfrom newborns to senior adults. That means your family medicine specialist has a broad base of training with pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric medicine expertise. Perhaps just as important, your family medicine provider knows your family and your unique concerns.

Your family medicine specialist acts as your first stop for care. As your partner in health, a family medicine provider helps you navigate care with specialists and empowers you in your health care. A family medicine provider often will treat the same patient throughout their lives and, in many cases, multiple generations of family members simultaneously.

Norton Community Medical Associates primary care offices across the Louisville area have about 150 family medicine providers on staff. Family medicine providers and office staff connect you to the comprehensive network of Norton Healthcare and Norton Children’s specialists and facilities to ensure coordinated care.

What a Family Medicine Specialist Does

Family medicine specialists provide access to medical services for all ages. That includes:

  • Annual wellness exams and checkups
  • Sick visits
  • Minor injuries or accidents
  • Flu shots and other immunizations
  • Medication management
  • Allergies
  • Mental health concerns
  • Ongoing care for chronic conditions
  • Preventive screenings
  • Healthy lifestyle education

There are differences in training for family medicine providers and internal medicine specialists, in addition to the ages of their patients.

Generally speaking, family medicine specialists tend to work in outpatient offices with an emphasis on preventive care. Many internal medicine specialists see patients in hospitals treating illnesses. That’s not always the case, as family medicine providers are trained to treat patients in hospitals, and internists are equipped to provide preventive care in outpatient settings.

Another difference between family medicine providers and internal medicine specialists is their residency training. Internists in residency spend three years caring for hospital patients rotating through emergency medicine, critical care and sub-specialty care.

Family medicine residents do that inpatient training for one year, then devote the remaining two years of their residency practicing in pediatrics, OB/GYN and other outpatient specialties.

Norton Telehealth

Your family medicine specialist may be available for Norton Telehealth appointments. Contact your provider’s office to find out about availability and whether a telehealth visit is appropriate for your concern.

Stay Connected With MyNortonChart

A free MyNortonChart account gives you secure online access to your health information, bill payment, test results and more. You also can message your family medicine provider directly, make appointments and get on a waitlist if an earlier appointment opens up.

Care Everywhere

With your primary care provider as your medical home, Norton Healthcare offers you many options to get the health care you need.

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