Primary Care Doc

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    Jun 22, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
    What should I look for in a primary care doc? Been with my current doc for awhile but I don't feel I get the quality attention required during an illiness or Physical exam.

    Should choosing a new PC include review of any specific specialty?
  • Timbales

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    Jun 22, 2009 3:17 PM GMT
    Only if it's a specialty you think you require. I picked mine after a physical, I felt he listened to me and gave me his full attention. I felt comfortable with him.
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    Jun 22, 2009 3:25 PM GMT
    I chose a GP who's also the Medical Director of the AIDS Smart Ride here in Florida, who must approve all the bicycle riders. As my participation is questionable on medical grounds, I figured it better to tackle the problem head-on, and make me her patient so we could work out any disqualifying issues. She did let me ride in 2008, though the next ride is somewhat doubtful.

    Plus her practice is mostly HIV gay men, though I'm negative myself. I like having a doctor who knows and is sympathetic to gay men. And now my partner is transferring his care to her, so we'll be all in the family.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 22, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    You def need to feel you have a report with your PC
    If not find a new one
    The best way to do that is by talkuing to people you know
    They usually have the same concerns you do
    They are the same age ..... and usually at the same fitness level
    So If one of your friends is really happy with their Doc
    You will likely be too
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    Jun 23, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    Mine is the local gay doc and he advertises in all the local gay magazines. The entire staff is really freindly and it's nice being able to openly discuss pretty much anything with any of the doctors in his practice.

    If that interests you I'm sure you can check the gay community center closest to you for refferals.
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    Jun 23, 2009 2:56 AM GMT

    Lots of good advice so far. I would add a couple of observations of why I like my PCP so much:

    -once you're registered with his practice, they will take morning phone calls and sometimes just call in a 'scrip or give advice; otherwise they almost always will give a same day appointment with the doc or one his PA's (who are also great).

    -he has admitting privileges at a v good local hospital

    -I have some complex medical issues and he has no problem consulting with the attendings that look after me at Mass General (even though my PCP is in NH). Also, he is happy to make referrals to specialists chosen by me or by the docs treating me in Boston rather than at the local hospital he is attached to.

    -he is one of the best listeners I have ever met

    -he generally lays out 'conservative' and aggressive options with the risks and benefits of each and lets me decide

    -he is as concerned with keeping his clients healthy as he is in treating illness

    -he is an MD, but also trained in a number of complementary healing arts and has great massage people, acupuncturists, etc in his office.

    -he takes my insurance.

    Happy hunting!


  • Delivis

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    Jun 23, 2009 3:10 AM GMT
    Make sure to get a naturopathic "doctor" that promises to cure all of your ills with crystals and accupuncture and psychic surgery.
  • charrismd

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    Jun 23, 2009 5:38 AM GMT
    I would check out the Physician Referral service at the Gay and Lesbian Medical Assocation.

    Here is another bit of info from GLMA that is of help to all gay men.


    1. HIV/AIDS, Safe Sex

    2. Substance Use

    3. Depression/Anxiety

    4. Hepatitis Immunization

    5. Sexually transmitted infections

    6. Prostate, Testicular, and Colon Cancer

    7. Alcohol

    8. Tobacco

    9. Fitness (Diet and Exercise)

    10. Anal papilloma