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Family Medicine as a specialty

The doctors at Gravenhurst Medical are all Family Physicians Certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP).

In the past, your primary care provider might have been a GP or general practitioner.  These days the practice of Family Medicine has become very complex, with an emphasis on preventative health as well as treating both the physical and psychological.  Thus Family Medicine is now in its own terms a "Specialty".

CCFP physicians require extra training and have to maintain their certification by attending ongoing educational learning in the form of CME. 

There was a time when a surgeon would retire from surgery, and just hang up a sign to start doing family medicine.  This is no longer allowed, as the surgeon would have to go back to school and specifically train as a Family Physician, and obtain certification from the College of Family Physicians.