Family Medicine & Primary Care

What is a Primary Care Provider (PCP)?

A primary care provider (PCP)  is a healthcare professional who practices general medicine.  A PCP is the person you should see for your routine checkup, non-emergency medical care, and preventive healthcare. In the event that you have a problem that's more complex, your PCP can refer you to an appropriate specialist. Your PCP will help you determine any medical concerns you’re at risk of developing in the future and give you advice on ways you might be able to prevent those problems or decrease your risk.

Types of PCPs

There are different types of PCPs; which is right for you depends on your needs:

  • Family practitioners care for patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly.

  • Pediatricians care for babies, children, and teens.

  • Internists, or internal medicine doctors, care for adults.

  • Obstetricians and gynecologists specialize in women's health issues.

  • Geriatricians specializes in treating conditions that affect older adults.