The specialty of family medicine is centered on lasting, caring relationships with patients and their families.

The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, sexes, each organ system and every disease entity.Family physicians integrate the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences to provide continuing and comprehensive health care. Family medicine is a discipline only recognised by this name in the USA, Canada and India. In other parts of the world and especially in Europe, it is known as general practice.

Medical students have to specialise when they have qualified and some don’t feel that they want to tie themselves down, perhaps for the rest of their careers, to the study and care of one element of the population – geriatrics, paediatrics, obstetrics etc – or one part of the body – urology, gynaecology, orthopaedics and the rest. They feel that a holistic approach to wellbeing and ill health will result in more personal satisfaction and as an end result a healthier population. Many family medicine practitioners have a particular interest in sports medicine and dietetics, as a means of keeping their patients well.
Family medicine practitioners are occasionally looked down upon by people who feel that a lack of specialization is in fact a sign that this field is somehow not as good as the more established specialties. This is obviously not so; the family medicine practitioner needs to have a great deal of experience across the board, to recognize a huge number of conditions and to weigh up whether they need instant intervention or whether a more conservative wait and see policy to be put in place. Most doctors who have followed a narrow specialism only see a patient when a family medicine practitioner has seen them first and identified a disease process which warrants the input of a more specialised kind.

In small communities the family medicine practitioner can be a vital tool in maintaining the health of that community. He or she will get to know their patients very well and will also know the family histories. This can be an essential diagnostic tool, as often the family holds the key to working out what the matter is; in time, the family practitioner will most likely have known a large percentage of the population since birth. The idea of a local doctor who knows everyone can be something of a cliché to some people, but it really does have a beneficial effect. People are more likely to approach someone they know well and who they know is also trusted by their friends and family.

Washington Medical Science Institute

Washington Medical Science Institute (WMSI) is an international Medical School, recognized and listed with ECFMG and World Health Organization.

WMSl is offering fully accredited formal medical programmes since 2010, WMSl also working with its partners and developed WMSl International Health Science Research Centres, the main objective of the WMSI IHSRC is to deliver American standard locally accredited programs through its centres in different countries.

Washington Medical Science Institute Campuses

MAIN CAMPUS

WMSI, SAINT LUCIA

ARTICULATION AGREEMENT FOR DUAL PROGRAM

MONROE COLLEGE, NEW YORK

WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY, TAKOMA PARK – MARYLAND

PERDANA UNIVERSITY, MALAYSIA

PARTNERSHIP CAMPUS

WMSI PROGRAM @ ICON COLLEGE, IRELAND

WMSI PROGRAM @ GHANA, AFRICA

WMSI PROGRAM @ SHARJAH, UAE

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