Have you ever wondered how general practitioners (GPs) know so much? How they are able to recognize health problems as different as strep throat, pulled muscles, allergic reactions, ulcers, and asthma -- sometimes all before lunch?
GPs are trained to both see the big picture and zoom in on the problem’s cause. And if they can’t fix the problem, it’s their job to refer the patient to a specialist who can.
General practitioners, also known as family doctors, are often a patient's main doctor. They perform yearly checkups, treat a variety of conditions, and refer patients to specialists.
HMOs (health maintenance organizations) often require members to see a GP or internist before seeing other types of doctors.
A self-motivated, compassionate decision maker and a crack investigator. Curiosity and conviction are often what keep GPs going -- that and the constant process of learning from and helping their patients.
In 2008, 43 percent of doctors worked fifty or more hours a week.