Pediatrics is the medical specialty that focuses on the physical, emotional, and social health of children. Pediatricians are doctors trained to care for kids from birth through the teen years, providing treatment for illness or injury, conducting wellness exams to prevent problems or catch them early, and monitoring your child’s development. Their primary focus is preventive care, to keep kids as healthy as possible. Pediatricians complete 4 years of medical school and 3 years of pediatric residency. They must take continuing classes and pass examinations to maintain their state licenses and board certification, and to keep up with the most current knowledge and research about child health.
Family medicine physicians are trained to care for patients of all ages, so your child may see the same doctor from birth through adulthood. Because your family medicine doctor may also care for you and other members of your family, he or she will know the medical histories of all family members and may also be more aware of the emotional and social issues within your family. Family medicine doctors complete 4 years of medical school and 3 years of residency. They train in pediatrics and several other areas such as internal medicine, orthopedics, and obstetrics and gynecology. They must take continuing classes and pass examinations to maintain their state licenses and board certification, and to keep up with the most current medical knowledge and research.
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Certified nurse-midwives are nurse practitioners who specialize in obstetrics and women's health. Apart from their well known roles in pregnancy and childbirth, they also conduct annual exams and routine screenings; write prescriptions; order labs; treat STDs; administer vaccines; and handle minor to moderate illnesses, including many chronic conditions. Nurse-midwives combine evidence-based medicine with a holistic approach. They favor longer appointments, individualized care, and supportive environments.