Selecting a new primary physician.

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    Dec 11, 2007 12:55 AM GMT
    My doctor's office notified me that she would be "retiring" by January 15, 2008. This is a suprise to me as I have been with her for 12 years. I really forget how to select a good doctor...beyond throwing darts at the phone book and my insurance provider list. Any suggestions?
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    Dec 11, 2007 1:24 AM GMT
    Word of mouth is the best way to find a doctor. Ask your friends who they go to.



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    Dec 11, 2007 4:31 AM GMT
    Agreed. My doctor left his practice recently--I checked with a few friends and am seeing a new doctor tomorrow). Good luck!
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    Dec 11, 2007 6:25 AM GMT
    If you're interested in finding a doctor that's homo friendly you can also go to GLMA's website (Gay & Lesbian Medical Association). It's nice to have a doctor you can be completely up front with and candid. It's also a great help if you're new to an area or your friends don't have any good suggestions.

    http://services.glma.org/referrals/
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    Dec 11, 2007 6:42 AM GMT
    I suggest you interview any physician to get their take on HRT - hormone replacement therapy.

    You're at a prime age for needing it, Sporty - and there is a great deal of resistance to the treatment in some (older) medical circles.

    Joey
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    Dec 12, 2007 4:18 AM GMT
    Yeah,...it's frustrating about the misinformation floating around. The latest tactic is intimidation of the doctors.

    HRT is something that can, and generally is, life-changing, so, Joey makes a good point.

    You can add years to your life, and be so much healthier with the AAS, and the lifestyle it allows you to continue / enjoy.

    I hope, that at some point soon, the craziness with regard to AAS will stop, but, I don't see them wanting to give up jobs, or money. Lots of good people are going to be denied use, priced out, and fake stuff floated around, all because of craziness. Time will tell.
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    Dec 12, 2007 5:10 AM GMT
    If you want the very best, make sure your new Doc is a Board Certified Internist.

    "Internal medicine is the branch and specialty of medicine concerning the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases in adults, especially of internal organs. Doctors of internal medicine, also called "internists", are required to have included in their medical schooling and postgraduate training at least three years dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internists are sometimes referred to as the "doctor's doctor," because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems. While the name "internal medicine" may lead one to believe that internists only treat "internal" problems, this is not the case. Doctors of internal medicine treat the whole person, not just internal organs" - Wikipedia

    A great way to narrow down the list is here:

    http://webapps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/home.html

    'DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States. This includes more than 690,000 doctors.

    I have always had very good luck when looking for those criteria.
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    Dec 26, 2007 4:46 PM GMT
    I found my current doctor through the GLMA database. I had good luck; he's great, I've been with him for four years, and I've even recommended him to others who are now his patients.