A '''general practitioner''' ('''GP''') or '''family physician''' ('''FP''') is a [[physician]]/[[medical doctor]] who provides [[primary care]]. A GP/FP treats acute र chronic illnesses, provides preventive care र health education for all ages र both sexes. Some also care for hospitalized patients, do minor [[surgery]] and/or [[obstetrics]]. The term general practitioner is common in the [[संयुक्त अधिराज्य|United Kingdom]] र some other [[Commonwealth of Nations|Commonwealth]] countries, where the word "physician" is only used for certain specialists र not for GPs.
== भारत ==
India has the highest number of medical schools in the world, with approximately २०४. In India to become a GP or a Family Physician, one has to enroll in a Medical Council Of India (MCI) recognised [[Medical College (India)|medical college]] र complete the [[Bachelors of Medicine र Surgery]] (M.B.,B.S) course, which is of four र a half years duration to be awarded the degree of M.B.,B.S र provisionally registered with the Medical Council of India. After one further year of compulsory rotatory internship, the Medical Council of India (or any of the State Medical Councils) confer permenent registration which licences the holder to practise as a General practitioner.
=== भारतमा उच्च चिकित्सा शिक्षा ===
A M.B.,B.S Doctor can appear for pre-post-graduate examinations (Pre-PG) at national, state or institute levels र gain entry to a MD (Doctor of Medicine), MS (Master of Surgery) or a Diploma course in a number of specialisations including Internal Medicine (or General Medicine).
One can also opt to join the National Board of Examinations (NBE)'s fellowship for Family Medicine at any of the NBE designated र recognised Health care center or hospital र appear for qualifying exams for fellowship to the National Board on successful completion of which, one is awarded the 'Diplomate of National Board' degree र title.
Other than Alopathic Doctors, graduates of [[homeopathy]], [[ayurveda]], र [[unani]] courses from recognised medical colleges र institutions र duly registered with the respective state or national boards of these medical systems can also practice as family practitioners.
== निदरलेन्ड ==