Work History

Work History
Jan 1997 - Jan 1999

Medical Staff

Fayette County Memorial Hospital

Obstetrical privileges

Education

Education

The University of Toledo
Jan 1992

Doctor of Medicine

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

American Academy of Family Physicians’ Philosophy of Family Medicine

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.