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What family doctors learn

One of the biggest advantages of a family doctor is that he or she treats the whole patient, not just responding to one particular medical condition or one particular organ. Family doctors are ideally suited to practice primary care, and due to the great variety of patients they see, need a greater range of skills than almost any other doctor. Family doctors complete a three-year residency after medical school in which they learn care for infants, the elderly and everyone in between. They learn to look after patients with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma. They learn ear, nose and throat care, emergency medical care, eye, bone, joint, urinary, mental and behavioral care and how to take X-rays and perform minor surgeries. They learn reproductive counseling and family planning.

Once they begin their practice, they learn the really important things — the names and histories of their patients. They know who’s trying to lose weight, who needs to lose weight, who’s trying to quit smoking and who’s at risk of diabetes and heart disease. They know who’s struggling with mental health issues and who has a history of drug and alcohol addiction.

Family doctor services

A family doctor should offer a wide range of services. These should include diagnostic and preventative care. Any family with children is going to need pediatric care, including the ability to treat minor cuts and scrapes. Mental health screenings, gynecological exams, bladder scanning — any one of these things might become something you need. A family doctor may need to limit the number of patients he or she takes on in order to make sure each of them gets the time and attention they need. If you would like to benefit from this level of service, you may want to take advantage of a subscription medical practice.

A family doctor in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offers complete family health care. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services. Check the website for special offers. Make an appointment today.

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