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Primary Care

Primary Care

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Primary Care Patient Information

Whether you're searching for a family doctor, pediatrician or internal medicine physician, our entire primary care provider team at The Iowa Clinic strives to make sure every patient experience is comfortable and helpful every time.


How to Become a New Patient at The Iowa Clinic

It’s easy to become a new patient. It’s just as easy to select your primary care provider. Just call us at 515.875.9200. One of our Patient Communication Coordinators will find the right doctor for you at the location you need. They’ll register you over the phone and set up your first appointment at the same time.

Transfer Your Health Records

It’s always helpful for your primary care doctor to have your full health history. Simply fill out this short form to send your records from your previous provider directly to The Iowa Clinic.

SEND RECORDS


Frequently Asked Questions About Primary Care

What’s the difference between family medicine and internal medicine?

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

Family practice physicians focus on caring for the whole family, including pediatrics and OB/GYN care. Internal medicine doctors focus on adult wellness as well as the prevention and management of adult diseases.

Providers in both departments treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, conduct health screenings and comprehensive physical exams, and provide primary, wellness and preventative healthcare. They can be your partner in monitoring and managing long-term illnesses and conditions including diabetes and high cholesterol. If they diagnose a condition requiring specialist follow up, they can coordinate that care with the specialty physician — made easier at The Iowa Clinic, Central Iowa’s largest multi-specialty clinic.

What’s an advanced practice provider?

Many primary care physicians also have a team of advanced practice providers to help take care of their patients. Advanced practice providers include nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and physician assistants (PAs) trained to manage patient care under the supervision of a physician. They are licensed to provide care, as well as to order diagnostic tests or prescribe many medications.

Nurse Practitioners have completed a registered nursing degree program as part of a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, each ARNP receives a master’s degree from an accredited nurse practitioner program. Each PA also has a bachelor’s degree and completes a master’s level degree in a physician assistants program.

What’s the benefit of choosing a primary healthcare doctor from The Iowa Clinic?

By choosing a primary care physician from The Iowa Clinic, you gain confidence in knowing that your doctor is part of a comprehensive team of specialists. If a health problem is discovered, you will have direct access to more than 200 specialists and healthcare providers, all working on your personalized care team.

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