WHAT IS…

… “FAMILY  MEDICINE?”

Family Medicine covers all areas of medical care, including:

* Obstetrics
* Pediatrics
* Orthopedics
* Women’s Health
* Dermatology
*Health Education
* Internal Medicine
* Ears, Nose & Throat
* Sports Medicine


Family Medicine is based on the fact that people and their families are best served by having a single primary care physician who knows each member’s medical background and can coordinate all parts of their medical care.
Your family physician is able to take care of your entire family — from obstetrics & newborns  to  grandparents!

… FAMILY-CENTERED OBSTETRICS?

Each of our physicians provides obstetrical care including prenatal, delivery and post-partum care of the mother and baby.We deliver primarily at Martha Jefferson Hospital, but when appropriate, a FMOA physician can deliver you at the UVA Health Sciences Center.  Our physicians make every effort to deliver their own patients. This is an important difference from most other practices providing OB services.

… A NURSE PRACTITIONER  OR  PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT?

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are highly skilled health professionals licensed to practice in Virginia and certified by national accrediting boards. NPs are clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management.  NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care. NPs provide some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians.

… WHAT IS A PREVENTIVE EXAM OR VISIT?

A preventive exam is a scheduled visit with your primary healthcare provider. It is focused on detecting and preventing health problems. The exam will include a medical history and a physical exam. The provider may also order blood tests, urine tests, and other diagnostic procedures. These exams may include, dependent upon age:

  • Blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respiration checks
  • Weight and height
  • Breast exam
  • Pelvic exam and PAP smear
  • Prostate exam
  • Vision and hearing exam
  • Lab tests such as cholesterol, glucose
  • Education about health risks and a healthy lifestyle

Usually, these exams are completed and paid for by your insurance carrier annually.  Check with your insurance provider to understand their particular guidelines for payment. Infants younger than one year and individuals over 65 years may need more frequent exams.  People with certain diseases and conditions may also need more frequent exams. Some examples of these disorders include:

  • Coronary artery disease or other heart diseases
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels in the blood
  • A history of cancer

Please note: during a preventive exam visit, your provider will focus on preventive care.  If you find at the time of your visit you need to address an illness that you are experiencing the provider will defer your preventive visit to another time so as to focus on your acute need.

… A GOOD SOURCE OF MEDICAL INFORMATION ON THE WEB?

There is a great deal of good medical information on the internet… and, unfortunately, a great deal of bad information, as well.

How can you tell the good from the bad without going to medical school?  Two online sources stand out. Medline plus and the Mayo Clinic Health Info Site.  Both sites tend to have non-biased information that is easy to understand.