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Primary Care

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by ekristek, Jun 30, 2001.

  1. ekristek

    ekristek Junior Member

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    First of all, let me say that this is a wonderful site!!!!! I have gained so much important information. Here is my question: what does primary care include? OB/GYN? Peds? Geriatrics? Internal?

    Also, I'm starting my undergraduate work this fall at University of Missouri, Columbia. I am considering getting a job in a doctor's office as a medical assistant. Do any of you know if a job such as this would give me good experience in the medical field? I want a job (paid or volunteer) that will be a learning experience. Also, what type of training does one need to become a medical assistant? Thanks for any input. :)
     
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  3. joojoobeware

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe primary care includes parts of all of the above. Actually, it is peds, family, and IM. Those three specialities I believe are considered 'primary care.'
    I too was interested in becoming a medical assistant...you can't just have some volunteer experience and be an assistant. You need to get formal training at say a technical school. This is great, but if you don't have the time or money, volunteer as a research assistant in the clinical field or volunteer at a hospital or clinic.
    The only medical assistants that I have seen that don't need formal training, are the ones that do the 'clerical' work.
     
  4. Popoy

    Popoy SDN Super Moderator
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    joojoobeware is right....

    Primary care includes: OB/GYN, IM, FP, Geriatrics, Peds, Psych (according to NHSC)....

    Any experience where you get to work hands on will be a great experience. Just make sure you're doing it out of like for the job and not just a filler for your resume.... Good luck and best wishes....
     
  5. 12R34Y

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    Some states (kansas) consider ER primary care also.

    later
     
  6. star23

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    I think the key thing about getting some experience, is that you have some patient contact and you learn or at least observe a little about how healthcare is practiced. Be sure that if you are getting a medical assistant job, you aren't going to be stuck in the records or billing dept and never see anything else.
     
  7. Popoy

    Popoy SDN Super Moderator
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    I was going to post up again on this topic because I know that Emergency medicine is sometimes considered Primary care, but someone else posted.... but I second that.... :D
     

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