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Family Physician

Overview: Family Care Physicians focus on health maintenance and ongoing health care for all family members regardless of sex, age or type of problem. These family care specialists normally practice in a non-emergency setting and often direct Family Practice Clinics. They consult extensively with specialists and other medical and supporting healthcare personnel.

Position: Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Maintain a program of comprehensive family healthcare to include preventative medicine, behavioral sciences and community health 
  • Examine patients, formulate diagnostic and treatment plans 
  • Determine need for consultation and assist in medical care provide at direction of other specialists 
  • Manage family practice inpatients, conduct ward rounds and prescribe inpatient therapy


For entry into this specialty:

  • Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree from an approved school of medicine or osteopathy acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF
  • Current enrollment in a family medicine residency program acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF (or a suffix-specific residency program.) 


  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Officer Training School Abbreviated. This five-week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.