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Primary Care

Hospital Affiliation

Mount Sinai Hospital Lenox Hill Hospital.

Board Certifications

Board-certified Internal Medicine American College of Gastroenterology

Education and Training

Mount Sinai School of Medicine Residency, Internal Medicine George Washington University Internship, Internal Medicine George Washington University School of Medicine Medical School

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Frequently Asked Question

Primary Care

A primary care physician is usually the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern. They are also a referral source for specialists when necessary. Primary Care physicians provide continuing care for a wide spectrum of medical conditions.

Some primary care physicians focus on a particular patient population like children or older adults. Some are family physicians who treat patients of all ages.

Medical Specialties considered Primary Care

  • Family Medicine
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology

Subspecialties of Primary Care

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Hospice & Palliative Care
  • In-Hospital Medicine

A Primary Care physician can have a big impact on your wellness. Here are some practical considerations when choosing a primary care doctor:

  • Insurance: Is the Doctor in your network? Does your insurance plan provide out of network coverage?{' '}
  • Location: How close is the doctor to your home or office?
  • Does the office have weekend, evening, or on-call services?
  • Language: Can your doctor or members of his staff communicate well in a language you prefer using?
  • Board certification: You can see whether the doctor you’re considering is board certified by using the Certification Matters tool offered by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

If you have a long-term (chronic) health condition, your Primary Care physician can:

  • Coordinate care with specialists
  • Prescribe medications to manage your condition and adjust them when indicated
  • Help you put together a self-care plan
  • Monitor drug interactions if you’re being treated for multiple conditions
  • Perform necessary lab tests to monitor your health and progress
  • Connect you with resources related to your condition

Primary care physicians routinely check for:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Developmental disorders
  • Immunizations status
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Depression
  • Signs of domestic violence

Primary care physicians can practice in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Medical clinics
  • Private or group practices
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Outpatient and inpatient hospital settings

Training and qualifications

After four years of college for a bachelor’s degree in the life sciences, prospective doctors attend medical school, which takes an additional four years. Medical school graduates earn either an MD (medical doctor) or DO (doctor of osteopathy) degree.

Once a doctor has earned his/her medical degree, they choose a residency program. During residency doctors study a particular medical specialty for an additional three to seven years, depending on which field of medicine they plan to practice.

Fellowship

A fellowship is training even more specific to an area of focus and can last for one to three years. Primary care physicians usually study family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, or geriatrics.

Board Certification

Doctors must first complete a residency at an approved medical facility to become board certified. They must also take a rigorous exam in their chosen field.

Board Certification is also available for:

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Urgent Care
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine

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