Lenox Hill Hospital
Internal Medicine Gastroenterology
Medical School: George Washington Univ Residency: Internal Medicine - Lenox Hill Hosp New York, NY Fellowship: Gastroenterology - Lenox Hill Hosp New York, NY
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
Subspecialties of Primary Care
A Primary Care physician can have a big impact on your wellness. Here are some practical considerations when choosing a primary care doctor:
If you have a long-term (chronic) health condition, your Primary Care physician can:
Primary care physicians routinely check for:
Primary care physicians can practice in a wide variety of settings, including:
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.
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.
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:
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