One of the most important relationships you’ll have in life is between you and your Primary Care provider (PCP). Your PCP not only takes care of your general health, they are at the center of your healthcare plan, connecting you to other services and specialists while keeping close tabs on your overall health and ongoing care.
Choosing a Primary Care Provider
Patients are able to choose primary care providers who are either a Family Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Physician Assitant (PA) or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Regardless of your age, gender or health status, you should have a Primary Care provider that meets your individualized needs.
Internists have a primary focus on caring for adult patients and have significant training in sub-specialties of internal medicine such as endocrinology, neurology, rheumatology, etc. This deep experience equips internists to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions and to manage complex medical situations with multiple conditions. Internists are also well equipped to interact with specialists and co-manage your healthcare collaboratively with other physicians.
Family physicians are like pediatricians and internists combined, trained to handle the entire spectrum of medical issues that might be encountered by members of a family. Family Medicine physicians have training in a broader spectrum of healthcare than internists, such as women’s health and maternity related specialties, and can often provide sub-specialty care themselves.