As primary care providers (PCPs), we pride ourselves on being well-trained, experienced physicians who act as a solid base for our patients’ primary care needs. We listen. We ask good questions. We dig deeper. We look at both the immediate symptoms and also the big picture, and tie the two together. We explain things in language that makes sense. We care to educate our patients and have them truly understand how their bodies work, what their labs are telling us, and how our treatments are meant to help them not only feel better now, but also to prevent future illness. One of the unique ways that we are particularly well suited to the role of PCP is because of the amount of time we spend with patients during office visits.
Other duties we perform as PCPs include:
- Acting as first-contact care for patients with any undiagnosed health concern
- Providing comprehensive, big-picture care for patients that is beyond problem specific management
- Offering continuous care for our patients through time and changes
- Being responsible for coordinating referrals and other health services as they relate to our patients’ care
- Prescribing and refilling necessary pharmaceutical medications
- Ordering and interpreting necessary lab work and imaging