Primary Care definition

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  1. corona 247

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    I wanted to ask all of you how you would define Primary Care. I am interviewing at a few DO schools in the next few weeks, and heard that this was a typical ques. asked.

    I know what the fields of primary are ( family, ob/gun, internal, psy) but not really what makes them Primary.

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    Two words: Marcus Welby!
     
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    Primary care are those specialties that a patient would seek in order to primarily treat or identify their problem or illness (or in the case of OB, their pregnancy).

    For instance...you have pneumonia...you don't go see a pulmonologist, you would see your family doc first who, if necessary, would refer you to a specialist.

    Primary care physicians are the backbone of medicine and without them other specialties would not exist as they are. Each specialty is really a branch off of primary care in some way or another.

    The tradional "primary care" specialties are : Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and OB/GYN. Some argue that Emergency Medicine should be included in that list due to the fact that many EM docs are the "primary" source of medical care for a large percentage of the population.
     
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    I wholeheartedly agree that Emergency Medicine should definitely be considered primary care. These docs are essentially where the rubber meets the road in regards to addressing the healthcare needs of a community. I still don't understand why people think that it's a specialty all to its own. They still need to be knowledgable about every possible disease and accident to walk through the door along with a solution, something I'm sure few specialists would have the luxury of having. Besides, I'm sure a good chunk of patients that are in hospitals most likely were seen by an ER doc first. Doesn't get more "Primary" than that.
     
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    Yep.
     

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