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Will extensive shadowing of a geriatric medicine specialist count as primary care?

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Physician in question is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, but practices primarily Geriatric Medicine. I would assume this counts as primary care shadowing, right?
In my book, yes
 
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Just taking on, do you view shadowing internists with fellowships as primary care? Like would cardiology, gastroentology, and critical care physicians fall under primary care?
General IM is primary care. Sub-specialties such as those listed are not.
 
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General IM is primary care. Sub-specialties such as those listed are not.
I shadowed a Family Med doc that said more specialties are starting to become part of "primary care" like OB/GYN, psych, etc. It may just be where we are located (more rural location) but she mentioned that those docs will often take on the primary care responsibilities. In that case would shadowing someone who functions as a PCP suffice?
 

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You want someone who functions as a primary care provider. Ask the person you propose to shadow if they do primary care. Some specialists do, particularly when they are just starting out and trying to build a practice.

Here's what I ask myself, "If I called this provider with symptoms of strep throat, would they have me come in for a strep test or would they send me to a different provider." (I called the office that I thought of as providing my primary care and was referred directly to an ENT for a sore throat!)
 
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You want someone who functions as a primary care provider. Ask the person you propose to shadow if they do primary care. Some specialists do, particularly when they are just starting out and trying to build a practice.

Here's what I ask myself, "If I called this provider with symptoms of strep throat, would they have me come in for a strep test or would they send me to a different provider." (I called the office that I thought of as providing my primary care and was referred directly to an ENT for a sore throat!)

Geriatrics is absolutely primary care (so is pediatrics!)

Thank you very much for the insights!
 

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I shadowed a Family Med doc that said more specialties are starting to become part of "primary care" like OB/GYN, psych, etc. It may just be where we are located (more rural location) but she mentioned that those docs will often take on the primary care responsibilities. In that case would shadowing someone who functions as a PCP suffice?
General Obgyn and psych have always been considered primary care (e.g. NHSC).
 
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