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Is so called "primary care" doctors (internists or family doctor) more accountable to you than the specialists?
Counseling center: Will save some time, although you could consult with your physician if you want to go privately and want a referral. If there are medical issues as well as emotional ones, that might be a reason to consult with your doctor first. Otherwise, the counseling center will get you started in therapy sooner. Good luck and let us know how you do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Great question: The best doc for a woman (or man) is one who is knowledgeable and caring. The pcp visit is often spent reviewing your health history, getting a physical exam, and blood work as well. A pcp can do a pelvic/breast exam and pap smear (like a gyn does). Some women have both a pcp and gyn. More than anything, you want to know that you can bond well with the doc and staff. Best wishes. ...Read more
Pre med courses: You need a year each of organic chemistry, a ear of physics, a year of biology with their respective lab courses, a year of english and a year of calculus or other math courses including statistics.Also required is certain number of non science courses.You usually accompalish that in four years and then you take mcats and if you get into med school 4 years of school and three years of residency. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would emergency medicine doctors in the ED rather work with a family nurse practitioner, acute care nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant?
Many specialist : Prefer a referral and refuse to see patients not referred, but others accept self referral. I always want a primary care doctor to follow issues that I am not going to manage, and keep the pcp fully apprised of what and why I do things or recommend things. ...Read more
Is a doctor who goes into Internal Medicine specializing in Infectious disease still consider to be a primary care doctor?
Depends on state: Most are supervised by a doctor behind the scenes but it varies by state. ...Read more
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
Medical referral: A family doctor or internist will refer a patient when the patient needs a particular specialty to treat the patient beyond their scope. This could be a gyn doctor, an orthopedist, or gastroenterologist, etc. These are area of specialty that deal with diagnosis and treatment of medical problems which need treatment and or diagnosis beyond the scope of your internist or family physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
From who should we seek care and treatment options for primary CNS lymphoma (in addition to neurosurgeon)?
Oncologist: A medical oncologist and radiation oncologist should be part of the team that can help with your care. If you already have a diagnosis of primary CNS lymphoma (presumably from a biopsy), then you need to investigate what chemotherapeutic agents and radiation regimens are available. This may differ depending on the subtype of the lymphoma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Minor with dtugs: The primary care has an obligation to tell parents of the addiction and a duty to refer to a board certfied child psychiatrist. The ultimate responsibility for treatment are the parents. Parents need to be prepared that minors will use guilt to prevent treatment. Its not an easy choice for a parent. ...Read more
Ten good reasons:: You can change your primary care doctor for any reason, if that is your wish. However, due to limited space on this site, see the following website for a list of ten good reasons: http://www.Kevinmd.Com/blog/2011/10/10-reasons-change-doctors.Html. ...Read more
Is it a good idea to have a nurse practicioner be your primary care physician? Are they as knowledgeable as doctors?
That's based on : Preferences. I'm biased when i tell you a primary care doc is most qualified. I love my np (nurse practitioner) and pa (physician assistant) colleagues, but feel that they are often best at helping for acute visits and stable follow ups rather than as a true stand alone pcps. We go through pre-med (bs degree) 4 yrs, med school (4), residency (3). Nps have a combo of school/work experience for 6 y. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
S/he can start it: Initial screening is simple, using your history & exam to validate the need for blood tests. (insurers may not pay for tests unless the need is established)The initial blood tests narrow the group of people that have some symptoms down to those who are most likely to have it. Further confirmation by more invasive tests by a GI specialist may then bee needed. Your primary can coordinate this. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I need to interview a physician and get their assessment of management in the healthcare field. Do you believe your ceo should be a fellow physician?
No: Typically, the ceo has responsibilities as a communicator, decision maker, leader, manager and executor. The communicator role can involve the press and the rest of the outside world, as well as the organization's management and employees; the decision-making role involves high-level decisions about policy and strategy. As a leader, the ceo advises the board of directors, motivates employees. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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