Family Medicine
Family Medicine

Family Medicine

by Charles Vega, MD

Family medicine is the branch of medicine that focuses on providing long-lasting primary care by developing a very close doctor-patient relationship. Family physicians operate under three basic tenets: personal relationship under the biopsychosocial model, holistic and integrated care, and resource efficiency.

This course requires the medical student to be close to the end of their training, after exposure to all major medical specialties, and while preparing to enter the medical workforce. Knowledge of the most common complaints seen in outpatient care is also very helpful.

The holistic approach of a family physician, derived from the biopsychosocial model of disease, can help understand ailments that result from various factors spanning the biochemical to social aspects. Family physicians are especially aware of the impact of psychological and sociological factors in the betterment or worsening of illness, which allows them to include comprehensive interventions in the outpatient setting to improve outcomes.

Some schools of thought may dismiss family medicine as a glorified general practice; however, in today's scenario that involves sub-specialization and matter-of-fact doctor-patient relationships, the ability to understand patients and their environment is a valuable trait. Thus, building a relationship with a patient that can last a lifetime is a skill that all physicians must hone.

Course Details

  • Videos 92
  • Duration 8:51 h
  • Quiz questions 381
  • Concept Pages 121


Your Educators of course Family Medicine

 Charles Vega, MD

Charles Vega, MD

Dr. Charles Vega is the Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of California, Irvine in California, USA.
He obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Wisconsin, and completed residency training in Family Medicine at UC Irvine. Currently, he is the Executive Director of UCI’s Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community.
Due to his achievements, he earned a Macy Faculty Scholarship to improve patient-centered health education at UCI.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Vega teaches courses on Family Medicine.

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By Lorraine J. on 13. May 2022 for Abdominal Pain

Great lecture, which was very informative, and enlightening. Easy to digest. Thanks!

i really like family medecine, all the videos are so nice and instructives . i can recommande this course to my colleagues
By Mukendi B. on 13. March 2022 for Chronic Care

i really like family medecine, all the videos are so nice and instructives . i can recommande this course to my colleagues

Family Medicine
By Debra I. on 13. February 2022 for Introduction to Family Medicine

Excellent review of Family Medicine with review questions. I viewed it over the course of one day. The content is easy to follow and the presenter is extremely knowledgeable. Appropriate for nurse practitioners although the content was geared toward physicians

Great advice.
By David D. on 03. February 2022 for Acute Care

Not spending much on this one because I only work in the clinic.