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After a doctor completes medical school and is licensed to practice medicine, the physician may pursue a rigorous 3 year training program in Internal Medicine.
The American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes Family Medicine as a distinct discipline requiring an additional three years of training for doctors who wish to become Board Certified in this field. Family Medicine doctors are usually primary care providers (PCPs) [formerly general practitioners, or GPs] for the entire family.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) offers subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine to board-certified specialists in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.