Family physicians and psychiatrists have traditionally been trained in the physical and emotional
aspects of patient care. Psychiatrists have been expected to be familiar with organic illnesses
presented as psychiatric disorders, while family physicians have been trained to recognize
physical manifestations of psychiatric disease. Acknowledging the larger overlap in the domains
of these two specialties and the increasing need for specialists trained to treat the broad spectrum
of adult illness shared by family medicine and psychiatry, the two specialties have agreed to
offer combined training in preparation for dual certification.