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Who orders a hida scan.Your primary care dr or a general surgeon?

Who orders a hida scan.Your primary care dr or a general surgeon?

Either: A lot depends on acute or chronic symptoms of gall bladder disease. Acute attack may end up in er with surgical consultation and therefore ordering of study by surgeon. If chronic pain, any physician either primary care, gastroenterologist, internist, or general surgeon can order the test. ...Read more

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Need a doctor. Family practice or internal medicine. Who is better?

Need a doctor. Family practice or internal medicine. Who is better?

No better : Both internists and family practitioners make excellent primary care physicians. I would not choose one specialty over another but concentrate more on the individual doctor. ...Read more

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What is an allopathic doctor vs. An osteopathic doc?

MD vs DO: Allopathic refers to md degree. Osteopathic physicians are granted a do degree. Equal legal status in usa. Do basic training includes all md curriculum plus holistic philosophy and omt ( osteopathic manual treatment). Majority of do are in primary care. Majority of md go on to specialties. ...Read more

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Can a Doctor of Osteopathy be considered as my primary care doctor, family doctor, or as an internist? Do they prescribe HTN medications,as necessary?

Can a Doctor of Osteopathy be considered as my primary care doctor, family doctor, or as an internist? Do they prescribe HTN medications,as necessary?

Yes: Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) are not limited to D.O. residencies, and can train alongside allopathic physicians (M.D.) in allopathic residency programs. There has been a convergence in philosophies over the years, and the differences between a D.O and an M.D. have become much more subtle. ...Read more

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Is family doc inferior to specialist?

Is family doc inferior to specialist?

No. Different roles: Family medicine focuses on the whole person. Family doctors specialize in providing continuity and coordination of care. We use breadth of medical knowledge and a diverse skill set. Subspecialists provide specialized care based on anatomy (cardiology-heart), disease process (oncology-cancer), technology (radiology-x-rays) using depth of knowledge. Together, we can achieve the best outcomes. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor refer a family to his affiliated physician's assistant?

Why would a doctor refer a family to his affiliated physician's assistant?

Team work: Physician assistants are trained to work as a team member with a physician. They are qualified to take care of stable conditions and also able to recognize when the physician should be called back in to address a problem. This allows the physician to spend more time with someone that has a less stable condition. This will become more of a necessity in the years ahead as we have fewer physicians. ...Read more

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What is physician assistant vs nurse clinician?

What is physician assistant vs nurse clinician?

NP vs PA: Nps and pas may overlap in many aspects of being physician extenders. Nurse practicianers obtain a bachelors degree in nursing and then additional training to be a np. Physician assistance usually obtain a masters degree. ...Read more

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Should a general care physician or specialist treat incontinence? What type of specialist if not a general care physician?

Should a general care physician or specialist treat incontinence? What type of specialist if not a general care physician?

Both: Many pcps will initiate treatment for incontinence with either a medication for overactive bladder (oab) or kegels for stress incontinence. If initial therapy is unsuccessful, then referral to specialist is indicated. For women: urogynecologist, gynecologist, or urologist, and for men- urologist. Patients with neurologic disease may find a physical medicine & rehab doc specializing in incontinence. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an internist doctor and a gastro-enterologist?

What is the difference between an internist doctor and a gastro-enterologist?

Difference: An internal medicine specialist can evaluate many aspects of a person's conditions such as heart, lungs, blood pressure, kidneys, etc. A gastroenterologist will have internal medicine training and additional specialty training in intestinal and liver disorders and perform endoscopy procedures too. ...Read more

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Is a family doctor the same as a primary care physician?

Is a family doctor the same as a primary care physician?

Usually yes, and...: Family doctors practice as primary care doctors (the doctors that a person should first call, for most problems). For children, a pediatrician is usually the primary care doctor, but family doctors (trained in family practice) can be a child's primary care doctor. An ob-gyn should not be a woman's primary care doctor, because every woman needs internal medicine or family practice as her primary. ...Read more

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Need a doctor familiar with behcets disease?

Dr. Kenneth Calamia: Dr. Ken calamia at mayo jacksonville in jacksonville, florida. ...Read more

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I need a primary care physician ?

I need a primary care physician
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PCP???: You live in State of Washington. Univ. of Wash. Is ranked as the top program in Family Medicine in the U.S. Call the Department and ask for a recommendation for a doc in your part of the state. ...Read more

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What doctor should a lupus patient see? 

What doctor should a lupus patient see? 

A rheumatologist: Several doctors will likely help take care of a lupus patient: a primary care doctor to coordinate referrals to specialists, and to take care of non-lupus issues; a rheumatologist to take care of general lupus problems; and then other specialists to help take care of problems with certain organ systems (such as nephrologists to treat kidney failure, or ophthalmologists to treat eye problems). ...Read more

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