Whether you're 5 or 95, it's important to have a medical home. A medical home is a place where a team of medical professionals can provide you with personalized care, follow your health status over time and spot potential problems before they become life-threatening.
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Before you can establish a medical home, you need to decide what type of physician you want to see. Below are some of the most common types of primary care physicians.
Family medicine is the medical specialty that provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both genders, each organ system and every disease entity. Family medicine physicians typically attend a four-year medical school and complete a three-year residency before passing a board certification exam.
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Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment and care of adults across the spectrum of health to complex illness. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases that affect adults.
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Internal medicine-pediatrics physicians bring a unique insight and scope to the care of patients throughout their life span. Caring for multiple generations of the same family lends the physician better comprehension of family dynamics, disease state and the impact of acute or chronic illness at all ages, all in the context of family systems. In addition to providing general primary health care to adults and children of all ages, these physicians are uniquely adept at treating adults with transitional illnesses like cystic fibrosis, diabetes, congenital heart disease and autism. Internal-medicine pediatrics physicians typically attend a four-year medical school and then undertake a four-year residency that includes two years of formal training in internal medicine and two years in pediatrics before passing a board certification exam.
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An obstetrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the management of pregnancy, labor and birth. They also receive specialized education in the area of the female reproductive system and surgical care. Much of their education focuses on the detection and management of obstetrical and gynecological problems. OB/GYNs typically attend a four-year medical school and then undertake a four-year residency before passing a board certification exam.
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A pediatrician is a doctor who manages the physical, behavioral and mental health of children from birth until age 21. A pediatrician is trained to diagnose and treat a broad range of childhood illnesses from minor health problems to serious diseases. Pediatricians typically attend a four-year medical school and complete a three-year residency program in pediatrics before passing a board certification exam.
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Greenville Health System has nearly 200 primary care physicians at 167 locations across the Upstate committed to serving you and your family. Plus, as part of GHS, these physicians have access to nearly 400 specialists, should you need one.
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If you have an urgent health care need, GHS’ MD360 Convenient Care
is available. At MD360, our board-certified physicians are committed to delivering the highest quality medical care in a family-friendly environment. From treating unexpected illness and injuries to sports physicians and common lab tests, our mission is to provide comprehensive and episodic care to patients of all ages.
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