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Choosing Your Primary Care Physician

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Family Medicine and Internal Medicine physicians both serve as primary care physicians.

When it comes to selecting a primary care physician, there are several things to consider that may help you make your decision:

  • How complex is your health and family medical history?
  • How important is the geographic location of the provider and the access they have for appointments?
  • Is the doctor board certified or board eligible?

You need a primary care provider who knows you and understands your medical history to guide you through health care decisions. Your provider serves as the point person for all your health care. They’re the one you see for wellness visits and when something’s wrong. When your treatment requires other health professionals, they refer you to specialists and follow up on your care.

For more information on the differences between Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, you can check out this comparison and select the option that right for you. 

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