About Paducah Family Medicine
Paducah Family Medicine is a group of 4 physicians committed to caring for the health and wellbeing of families in Western Kentucky. Paducah Family Medicine, affectionately called PFM, opened its doors in June 2009. Since then, PFM has been striving to provide the highest quality healthcare in our region. Our physicians are specially trained to promote health and wellness, as well as treat a variety of medical conditions, for all ages. We like to think of ourselves as a family’s one-stop shop for healthcare, treating infants to the elderly.
Paducah Family Medicine recently received the Gold Standard Benchmark from the Kentucky Vaccine Program, awarded to offices with exceptional vaccine practices. PFM has been recognized by the Kentucky Department of Public Health, who expressed their appreciation to Paducah Family Medicine’s commitment to excellence and dedication to decreasing the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases in Kentucky and across the nation.
Our office is located in the Lourdes Medical Pavilion Suite 302. Our facility is a totally electronic office which offers full service laboratory with efficient access to full service diagnostics.
What is a Family Practice Physician?
Family Practice (FP), is a medical specialty devoted to comprehensive health care for people of all ages; the specialist is named a family physician, family doctor, or formerly family practitioner. It is a division of primary care that provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and family across all ages, genders, diseases, and parts of the body. It is based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the family and the community, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion.
Family physicians complete an undergraduate degree, medical school, and three more years of specialized medical residency training in family medicine. Their residency training includes rotations in internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatry, and geriatrics. The specialty focuses on treating the whole person, acknowledging the effects of all outside influences, through all stages of life. Family physicians will see anyone with any problem, but are experts in common problems.
In order to become board certified, family physicians must complete a residency in family medicine, possess a full and unrestricted medical license, and take a written cognitive examination.
What is an Internal Medicine – Pediatrics (Med-Peds) Physician?
A Med-Peds specialist provides the best of both worlds: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Med-Peds physicians are trained in both Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine) and also in the care of children and infants (Pediatrics). With dual specialties in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, physicians are uniquely qualified to care for every age group, which means your entire family can be treated in the same place at the same time. In addition, Med-Peds physicians are highly trained in preventative medicine and health, including disease management of both children and adults. Like other specialists, Med-Peds physicians complete additional training after medical school during their internship and residencies. During the four years of a Med-Peds residency and internship, Med-Peds physicians meet the training requirements of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics