I’m looking for a good primary care physician....

Let’s hope you don’t have to see a doctor for a long time, if ever, for any health issues. However, you will need to go to the doctor for regular checkups. Your body, like your vehicle, needs to be tested and maintained on a regular basis to remain in good working order. Vitality Internal Medicine – Dr. Ben Evans is an excellent resource for this.

A primary care physician is required for a routine maintenance review.
Your primary care doctor will refer you to appropriate specialists when the problems you’re having are beyond his or her knowledge, in addition to seeing you for conditions within his or her profession. Your primary care physician will also work with experts to ensure that the guidelines are tailored to your specific needs. Your primary care physician is in charge of your overall health care. He or she has a broad perspective.

Your primary care physician is an expert in YOU.
Frequently, a patient will approach me with a list of specialists for his or her various physical illnesses. Many times, the specialists’ guidelines are ideal for a hypothetical textbook patient, but not for the specific individual, due to varying situations, other medications, and coexisting health conditions.
Specialists aren’t really aware of what other specialists are up to. And, in many cases, a primary care physician will handle the problems for which this patient spends a lot of time and money visiting different specialists. Consider aiming a fly with a cannonball, or several cannonballs at once. All that is needed is a small flyswatter.

After all, each specialist only sees you in the light of his or her specialty: your guts, heart, skin, eyes, or brain. However, all of these body parts are part of a greater whole, which is you.
Your primary care physician, on the other hand, is a specialist in you! He or she is an expert in the physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
With the growing prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine, your primary care physician may be able to assist you in separating the wheat from the chaff among the confusing variety of alternatives.

Choosing a Primary Care Physician
In the United States, primary care physicians have a variety of options. There are internists (internal medicine doctors), family physicians (family doctors), and general practitioners (general practitioners) for adults (GPs). Both of these physicians must have completed at least eight years of college and medical school.
Internists and family doctors must complete an additional three years of training after graduating from medical school. Only adults are seen by internists. “From cradle to grave,” family doctors will see all members of a family.

Following medical school, general practitioners typically receive one year of professional study. GPs make up for their lack of formal training with years of real-world medical experience, as most of them were educated before the 1970s.
A nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant can assist your primary care physician. Whether you’re doing a checkup with a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant, make sure they work closely with the doctor.
At my practise, I partner with a nurse practitioner. I go over all of the patients she sees with her. With two heads for the price of one, we provide care to her patients, incorporating her vast nursing experience and my medical training!