When you schedule your first appointment with a doctor you should take the view you are interviewing the doctor to see if he or she is one you would like to care for you. Have a list of questions ready and do not be hesitant to raise issues of concern to you. Of course, the doctor will be discussing your health history and getting to know you at the same time.
Rick Schmidt, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location and Office HoursRick Schmidt MD
1401 N 4th
Purcell, OK 73080
- monday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma
- BlueLincs (BC/BS)
- CIGNA HealthCare
- United Healthcare
- Purcell Municipal Hospital
- Should I make an appointment to meet a new doctor?
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.
What should I keep in mind while looking for a doctor?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThere are state and federal programs designed to help you find a doctor, but the key is to choose the right physician. During your first visit, there are key questions to consider. When you go to their office, do the other patients … look like you? Are the doctors board certified? Do they get along with the staff? If you get along with them, that person becomes your health coach. Because, remember, the word doctor means teacher, so it's a two-way street. If you come up with the right person, you're on the right path.
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