Your primary care provider is your main doctor—the one who knows your name and your story and provides you with personalized care. Prisma Health provides high-quality primary care and an excellent experience for patients and their families at dozens of offices located throughout the Upstate—so we’re never far from where you live, work and play.
The first step is deciding what kind of doctor you want to see. Below are some of the most common types of primary care doctors. Clicking on a category will take you to the list of Prisma Health practices in that category.
Family medicine doctors provide comprehensive health care for the individual and family throughout the course of life. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, each organ system and every disease entity. Family medicine doctors typically attend a four-year medical school and complete a three-year residency before passing a board-certification exam.
Internal medicine doctors are specialists who diagnose, treat and care for adults across the spectrum, from health maintenance 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 affecting adults, which then is followed by passing a board-certification exam.
Internal medicine-pediatrics (Med-Peds) doctors provide general health care to adults and children of all ages, but have an added special focus on treating adults diagnosed with lifelong conditions in childhood, such as cystic fibrosis, diabetes, congenital heart disease and autism. These physicians typically attend a four-year medical school followed by a four-year residency (two years in internal medicine and two in pediatrics) before passing a board-certification exam.
OB/GYNs specialize in the management of pregnancy, labor and birth. These doctors also receive specialized education in the female reproductive system and surgical care. Much of their education focuses on the detection and management of obstetric and gynecologic problems. OB/GYNs typically attend a four-year medical school and then undertake a four-year residency before passing a board-certification exam.
Pediatricians manage the physical, behavioral and mental health of children from birth until age 21. These physicians are 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.
When your child becomes ill or gets hurt at night or on the weekend, you don’t want to have to choose between high-quality care and convenience. At Prisma Health Children’s Hospital after-hours sick care offices, you get both. Best of all, these practices are open to ALL children when your regular doctor is not available, regardless of where you go for your child’s routine care.
In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to get your schedule to match up with your doctor’s availability when you or a family member becomes ill or is injured. At our Prisma Health convenient care facilities, we’re available when it’s convenient for you. And, unlike other convenient care centers, ours are the gateway to the most comprehensive health care provider in the region, Prisma Health. That means a smooth transition of care if your condition requires care beyond what we can provide.
Convenient care is about your health on your schedule. Come see how we’re bringing a fresh approach to convenient doctor’s care in the Upstate.