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General Practitioner

General Practitioner

General practitioners are medical doctors who diagnose and treat most types of health conditions or diseases and do not specialize in any particular area of medicine. They provide basic medical service for males and females of all age groups.

General practitioners usually complete a 1- to 2-year residency following medical school. There is no board certification for general practitioners.

Last Revised: March 26, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine

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