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About Primary Care

Primary Care is patient-focused general care for adults, children, and families. A person’s primary care provider is typically the first one a patient turns to for diagnosing and treating common illnesses such as colds, flu, fevers, aches, and pains, as well as minor injuries. In additional to a physical examination, evaluation may involve blood work and other diagnostic tests.

Primary care providers also educate patients on how to prevent and spot diseases as part of routine check-ups. During these wellness visits, the provider may update immunizations and review medications a patient uses, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Primary care providers also help people manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

When appropriate, primary care providers will refer patients to specialists for conditions that may require more advanced care.

The UMMC difference

UMMC Primary Care focuses on health maintenance and disease prevention as key components in patient care.

To fulfill the general medical needs of specific patient populations, many of our physicians have expertise in subspecialty areas in addition to their primary care knowledge.

Primary care specialties include family medicine, general internal medicine, geriatrics (gerontology), general pediatrics, combined internal medicine/pediatrics, and general obstetrics and gynecology.

Primary Care at UMMC