What should I bring with me when I come for a scheduled office appointment?
- Driver's license or state ID
- Insurance information
- Copies of surgical records, medical records, x-rays, MRIs and CT scans from prior doctor visits (if any)
- All medications or a complete list of all medicines
- Patients under the 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
Are my medical records kept private and confidential?
Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff are bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.
What should I expect during first visit?
During your initial visit, you will be asked to complete a comprehensive health questionaire. You will meet privately with a doctor or a Phsyician Assistant to review your past medical history, answers on your health questionaire, and the reason for your visit. You will be able to speak directly to the health care provider and be examined. If necessary, presciption medicines, X-rays, laboratory testing, non-pharmacologic recommendations, and referrals to other specialists will be provided. If needed, follow-up visits will be arranged prior to leaving the office. Once test results are available, you will be able to visit with the provider and review the results.
What is a Physician Assistant (PA)?
Physician assistants (PA) are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) – a mark of professional accomplishment – and state-licensed. A physician assistant degree is a master's degree requiring a 4 year undergraduate degree with 2-3 years of graduate level studies. The master level degree includes at least a year of clinical rotations in private practice and institutional settings.
A physician assistant (PA) is concerned with preventing, maintaining, and treating human illness and injury by providing a broad range of health care services that are traditionally performed by a physician. Physician assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions.
Physician assistants (PA) exercise autonomy in medical decision making as determined by their supervising physician. They are educated in the medical model designed to complement the physician.
92.5% of offices where PAs work have shortened the time patients must wait for appointments.
91.5% of offices where PAs work have been able to allow patients more time to ask questions during their office visit.