Fayette County Memorial Hospital
Family practice physician Erik Bernhoffer maintains membership with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), founded in 1947. The post-World War II era brought an influx of medical professionals choosing specialties over general care, which resulted in more fragmented care. The goal of the AAFP was to try to make health care more personal again, an ideal that it upholds to this day.The AAFP believes that the practice of family medicine is comprised of three dimensions: knowledge, skill, and process. The first two dimensions of family medicine, knowledge and skill, do not differ greatly from that of other specialties. Family medicine’s process, however, deviates markedly from other specialties. A family physician develops a strong, nurturing relationship with the patient and coordinates the patient’s care with other physicians in the event referrals are necessary. The trusting bond between the family physician and patient allows for comprehensive care and creates an atmosphere where the physician can truly advocate for the patient’s best interests, both personally and clinically.