When it comes to medical care for your kids you have a choice between Pediatrics and Family Medicine.
The focus of Pediatrics is the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth through adolescence. The primary focus of pediatrics is prevention and health promotion. Some pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners have additional training in a subspecialty area such as cardiology, critical care or emergency medicine, or hematology.
The focus of the Family Medicine Department is the health of both the individual and his/her family. Because Family Medicine Providers train in many areas, they are qualified to see patients of all ages, with all types of health care needs. This means your child would be able to see the same provider from birth through adulthood. Family medicine providers render personal, comprehensive and continuing care for the individual in the context of the family and the community, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. Family Medicine Physicians and Nurse Practitioners train in areas such as pediatrics, women’s health, prenatal care, adult medicine, and geriatrics.