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.
Gail T. Griffin, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location and Office HoursParkview Medical Group at Mount Airy
1502 S Main St Ste 202
Mount Airy, MD 21771
- Frederick Memorial Hospital
- What kind of training do primary care providers have?
What is an internal medicine doctor?
Robin Miller, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredAn internal medicine doctor is a doctor who treats adults. Internists are trained in general medicine so that they take care of patients for overall health conditions that range from the top of the body down to the toes. That would include areas such as the brain, thyroid, heart, stomach, liver, bones and even mental health.
Once doctors are trained in internal medicine they may decide to specialize in specific areas such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Neurology to name a few. All these specialists have been trained as internists first.
A general internist is the kind of doctor who you might go to as a regular physician for preventive and ongoing care as you age. If you have a problem, he or she can evaluate your condition and either treat you or refer you to the appropriate specialist. An internist can maintain the overall view of what is going on with you and manage the big picture when it comes to your health.
What are the best Web sites for finding a doctor?
CastleConnolly.com lists doctors who have been recommended by other doctors and screened by our physician-led research team. A portion of the website is free and a portion requires a membership fee. Vitals.com offers extensive information on doctors, but they are not screened. The site is free. Healthgrades offers detailed reports on a doctor’s training and for a fee. ABMS.org offers information on a doctor’s board certification.
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