General practitioners and family physicians perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Provide counselling and support to patients and their families on a wide range of health and lifestyle issues
B. Perform patient advocacy role
C. Co-ordinate or manage primary patient care
D. Provide continuous care to patients
E. Supervise home care services
F. Report births, deaths, and contagious and other diseases to governmental authorities.
G. Examine patients and take their histories, order laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures and consult with other medical practitioners to evaluate patients' physical and mental health
1. You must complete a bachelor's degree and then complete a Doctor of Medicine degree at a recognized institution. In Quebec, you must complete a college program in health science and one year of pre-medicine university studies, and must graduate from an approved medical school.
2. You must finish two to three years of a family medicine residency program.
3. You must also complete the qualifying examinations of the Medical Council of Canada and obtain a licence from the licensing authority in the province/territory where you'll work.
4. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.
The average hourly wages for General Practitioners and Family Physicians is $24.24/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the health sector and close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.