Matthew W Tatom, DO
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location and Office HoursPhysicians Treatment Center
2832 Candlers Mtn
Lynchburg, VA 24502
What kind of training do primary care providers have?
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.
What are the advantages of choosing a compassionate doctor?
Dede Bonner, Health Education, answered
An important piece of your ability to trust a doctor is his or her interest in you as a person. This is not to suggest that you want to be ‘bosom buddies’ (sorry for the bad pun), but it shows how curious this doctor is about you as a unique person. A doctor who is open to learning new things is more likely to be more intelligent, competent, and willing to support you on a personal as well as medical basis.
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Is a doctor board certified in a specific field of medicine?
It is important to select a doctor who is board certified in the specialty they practice. Board certification does not assure you the doctor is excellent, but it does assure you he/she has had appropriate training by having completed at an approved residency of at least three years and passed an exam.
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