I have a few questions about the family practice field of medicine I was hoping somone might be able to clarify for me: I am curious why some doctors that practice in their own clinic or private setting still maintain affiliations or are hired by a hospital. My guess is that hospitals are advantagous if they want to do OB work also? Maybe they are better compensaated in some way as far as HMO affiliations or Insurance ties? Besides normal office visits do family doctors who are not affiliated with hospitals still normally do hospital rounds and what all is performed by family docs when they do hospital rounds(besides OB work). Can someone give me a typical family practice doc's work schedule? ex... 6-8am hospital rounds,8-5 office hours,6-7 paperwork??