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What Can a Family Medicine Physician Help You With?

What Can a Family Medicine Physician Help You With?

by Crystal (SU)
Did you know that about one in every four physician’s office visits – some 214 million in the US alone – are made to a family doctor?

What Does Being a Family Doctor Mean?

What Does Being a Family Doctor Mean?

by Natalie (SU)
A funny thing about families is that they like to share – just about everything. That includes pesky colds and flu viruses that show up this time of year. In fact, one of the first things your doctor may ask when you say you have a sore throat is, “Is Eloise or Justin sick?” That’s because he or she knows that you’re a mom of two little ones, and chances are if they have it, so do you. This is one of the best reasons to have a family doctor.

Why Do You Need to See a Doctor Today?

by Natalie (SU)
In a perfect world, we would all see our doctor once per year for wellness visits, reviewing our latest blood work and getting any vaccines we might need. This would of course, be a world without illness or injury. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that we may need to see our doctor urgently. Research has shown that one of the most important factors that influences good health outcomes, is continuity of care. This means that when you really need your doctor, he or she is there not only to evaluate, diagnose and treat your illness, but also to give you the reassurance that only someone you know and trust can provide. Hence, one of the most important things you should ask when choosing a family medicine provider is whether or not he or she offers same day appointments.

The Difference between an Internist and a Primary Care Physician

The Difference between an Internist and a Primary Care Physician

by Shearly (SU)
To understand the difference between an internist and a primary care physician, it is important to realize that one is a specialty, and the other is a role. An internist is a physician who specializes in internal medicine, and is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. While an internist can function as a primary care physician, he or she may also focus their practice on hospital medicine, medical education and/or research. On the other hand, a primary care physician may be an internist, a pediatrician, a geriatrician, a family practitioner, a gynecologist or an obstetrician, because primary care involves the practice of promoting overall health for the entire individual within the specific population (geriatrics, pediatrics, etc.) of the physician’s specialty. Let’s first look at the specialty of internal medicine, and then examine how these and other physicians practice in the primary care environment.

Selecting the Right Doctor

Selecting the Right Doctor

by Shearly (SU)
The right Primary Care Physician, or PCP gives you access to the best possible healthcare. As the “point person” on your medical team, your doctor gets to know you and your health history. He or she knows the specialists you’ve seen and which medications you take. They will help manage your health through acute illnesses or chronic disease, and always explain conditions and treatment options.

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