Types of Primary Care Physicians

There are a variety of primary care physicians who have expertise in different areas of your health. It’s important to find the right type of physician for your individual health needs.

Pediatrician

Specializing in children, pediatricians focus their practices solely on caring for infants and children, guiding and supporting them through immunizations, illnesses and injuries until they reach the end of adolescence, somewhere between the ages of 14 and 18.

Family medicine physician

Physicians who specialize in family medicine are the generalists of medicine, trained to treat the entire family, from newborns to grandparents. They receive some training in both pediatrics and obstetrics (women’s health) during their education and can provide routine care for patients of all ages.

Internal medicine physician

Specializing in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in adults, internal medicine physicians are vital in helping patients manage chronic conditions. An internal medicine physician may choose to remain a generalist, or to further specialize in a wide variety of sub-specialties ranging from cardiology to sleep and sports medicine.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Many women of child-bearing age rely on their OB-GYN for routine screenings and care and, as such, receive the majority of their primary care through a physician who specializes in fertility, childbirth and female health issues.

 

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