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Primary Care Physician

The Routine Mental Health Screening That Could Save Your Life

Dr. Damara Gutnick | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Damara Gutnick

Depression is a disease, not a weakness, and suicide is its tragic consequence. By taking a few simple steps, primary care providers can better identify depression and ensure that patients receive needed treatment.

What You Need to Know About Primary Care Physicians

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

If you haven't already, you will someday see a primary care doctor (PCP). It's practically unavoidable. The reason for this self-declared truth is that PCPs are the shape shifters of medicine, assuming various roles at different stages of an adult's life and wellbeing.

A Radical Idea to Solve the Primary Care Physician Shortage

Lorie Eber | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lorie Eber

Why not eliminate this anachronistic charade of the general practitioner and use nurse practitioners and physician assistants to fill the gap? This is already happening in rural areas, which sometimes lack even a single primary care physician.

Let's Enhance Patient Care Together: Primary Care Physicians Must Collaborate With Radiologists

Gregory Goldstein, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Gregory Goldstein, M.D.

At a time when patients are craving more personalized care and search engines are providing "diagnoses" that are all too often incorrect, this sort of collaboration among physicians is essential to maintaining a first class health care system.

Call Your Doctor... on a Rotary Phone

Tom Deegan | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Deegan

Private practices will not disappear, but increasingly they will become a niche to provide good old fashioned service to the generation in the habit of "going to see my doctor," while the more mobile young have already discovered the instant gratification of clinics and particularly the ERs.

Primary Care Is in Crisis

Lydia Dugdale, M.D. | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Lydia Dugdale, M.D.

The insufferable pace of primary care combined with the erosion of the doctor-patient relationship deters young physicians from entering the field. In my graduating class of 30 or so internal medicine trainees, only two of us chose to go into primary care.

The Elusive Search For A Good Doctor

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 08.19.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I asked around for doctor recommendations. My hairdresser has an internist she likes, but his office is three towns away. I asked my neighbor who was working in her garden. "The era of personal care in medicine is past," she said, flinging compost too close to my feet. "All the good doctors are leaving medicine. Good luck finding someone you like." I stepped on some of her petunias.

Delivering Better Health Care to Urban Communities

Dr. Ronald Berkman | Posted 08.13.2012 | College
Dr. Ronald Berkman

Universities can no longer afford to educate, train and prepare students on their own. Diminishing resources have made it imperative that we creatively collaborate with community partners to accomplish these goals

Marcus Welby, MD: Are We Witnessing His Extinction or His Evolution as Part of a New, Different Health Care Model?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

With so many changes occurring in our society because of technology, the economy, and population growth, the practice of medicine in the future will change.

Meet Dr. Hadland and Dr. Vassy

Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc. | Posted 06.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc.

During our primary-care crisis, should the U.S. be using valuable resources to deport Harvard-trained primary-care physicians who want to serve patients and also remain in the same country as their spouses? According to DOMA, it should.

UPDATE: Urine Test On Aisle Five? Walmart Looks To Expand Medical Services

Posted 01.09.2012 | Business

Walmart shoppers may soon be able to get a physical or have an allergy test after picking up their groceries if the big-box retailer gets its way. ...

Upside Down Health Care: Why It Matters

John Geyman | Posted 10.28.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Up to the middle of the last century, most Americans could count on good access to generalist primary care physicians with the training and commitment to evaluate and treat their medical problems, whatever they might be. Those days are long gone.

What’s The Future Of Primary Care?

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 07.12.2011 | Home
Dr. Cindy Haines

Why, exactly, would a medical student choose to pursue a career in primary care? And why would they choose not to?

Are Primary Care Physicians Going Extinct?

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 07.03.2011 | Home
Dr. Cindy Haines

Fewer medical students are entering general internal medicine these days. This is a huge problem because the numbers of those in need of general medical services are going in the other direction: up, up, up.

The Case for Caring About Primary Care

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Because primary care providers are the initial contact for patients with a wide array of conditions, we are the proverbial Jack of all trades. But we also think broadly about what may be wrong.

Health Overhaul Likely To Strain Doctor Shortage

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Better beat the crowd and find a doctor. Primary care physicians already are in short supply in parts of the country, and the land...

Who Will Take Care of 32 Million New Patients?

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jon LaPook

With the passage of health care reform, an estimated thirty two million new patients will try to find primary care doctors. That's not going to be so easy because we already face a shortage of primary care doctors.