Primary care physicians are trained to diagnose and treat the initial stages of disease for adult patients. They also should be trained in prevention and wellness. Pediatricians provide primary care for children. In addition, many women use Obstetrician-Gynecologists for primary care and many Ob-Gyns have given up practicing obstetrics and only practice gynecology and serve as Primary Care physicians for women. Despite this, the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology states the training programs for that specialty are not designed to train Primary Care physicians.
Annette G. Porter, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location and Office HoursSouthern Family Health Clinic
1376 Brickyard Rd Ste 5
Chipley, FL 32428
- Northwest Florida Community Hospital
- What kind of training do primary care providers have?
Why do I need a doctor if I am healthy?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic Surgery, answeredHaving annual physical exams and laboratories may screen for problems you are not even aware of. For example, a heart murmur may be picked up on physical exam and needs further work up. Blood tests may reveal abnormal levels requiring supplements and follow up. Preventative medicine is always the best medicine.
How can I find out what hospital a doctor uses?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic Surgery, answeredYou may find out what hospital your physician uses by going online on their website. If there is any question, call the hospital and confirm with the medical staff office. Most doctors will list on their website hospital affiliations.
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